Younger Onset Dementia Program

The younger onset dementia program provides a coordinated approach to health and wellbeing for people under 65 who are living with dementia.

The program at War Memorial Hospital has been developed to cater for younger people with dementia, and is designed to facilitate social participation, independence and quality of life through early intervention, community involvement, social connections and companionship.

Clients are invited to join in one of two small groups once a week, either Monday or Friday. The service aims to maintain general health and well-being by providing opportunities to make new friends and engage in both social and physical activities.

The service is provided both at Cadi Cottage on the grounds of War Memorial Hospital, and in the community.

The program is suitable for individuals aged between 45-65 who;
• were diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65
• have a letter from their doctor confirming diagnosis
• can manage their own personal care and administer their own medication if required
• are independently mobile
• have their own means of transport to and from War Memorial Hospital
• live in the Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Botany Bay or City of Sydney local government

Program Costs
There is no fee to attend the program however some outings or activities may incur some cost or require clients to purchase their own lunch and drinks.

Referrals can be made by doctors, health professionals, carers, family members, or people with younger onset dementia by contacting the Northern Network Access Referral Centre (NNARC):
(02) 9369 0400.

For more information regarding the younger onset dementia program please contact the Program Coordinator on (02) 9369 0287.