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Younger people in dementia care: A review of service needs, service provision and models of good practice

Daker-White, G.; Beattie, Angela; Gilliard, Jane; Means, Robin


G. Daker-White

Angela Beattie

Jane Gilliard

Robin Means


This paper reviews the literature on younger people (under 65 years of age) with dementia, in dementia care. Seventy-four relevant papers were identified by use of a search strategy derived from the methodology of systematic reviews, the majority of which originated in the UK (69, 93.2%). The need for specialist, flexible, age-appropriate, and dedicated services was a central theme in the literature. A person-centred approach was advocated within an individual or 'tailor made' model of care. However, the available evidence suggests that this model of good practice is not currently reflected in the majority of services provided in the United Kingdom. Overall, the literature argues that the needs of younger people with dementia are best served by inter-agency collaboration, early assessment, and an awareness of individual needs. Clearly, these proposals could usefully serve anybody with dementia, irrespective of age. However, aside from a few prevalence studies, and some exploratory work with small numbers of service users, little in the way of empirical work is available. The recommendations that have been made regarding dementia services for younger people are based largely on the practical experience of professionals and paid carers, rather than scientific evidence.


Daker-White, G., Beattie, A., Gilliard, J., & Means, R. (2002). Younger people in dementia care: A review of service needs, service provision and models of good practice. Aging and Mental Health, 6(3), 205-212.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2002
Journal Aging and Mental Health
Print ISSN 1360-7863
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 205-212
Keywords young people, dementia care, service needs, service provision
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