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An individual diagnosis is actually a family diagnosis. Spouses, partners, children and friends become unpaid caregivers; this may lead to emotional conflicts, particularly for children whose parent has dementia.

The need for family-oriented support and person-centred care is essential for the ongoing health and well-being of the family unit. YouQuest responds by recognizing the importance of support resources for spouses, minor children, and other caregivers.

Physicians and community health care professionals also need access to relevant community supports to help families manage this diagnosis without being prematurely forced into long-term care.

“Understanding the family perspective will help reduce
direct and indirect costs of young onset dementia”

 
DR. PAMELA ROACH, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

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