Living their Best Lives: Best Practice Support for People Living with Younger Onset Dementia

Type: Video 44:38

Younger Onset Dementia is used to describe any form of dementia that develops in people under the age of 65. It’s often misunderstood and has differing complexities compared to older people living with dementia.
Understanding the experiences and needs of young people living with dementia, recognising the barriers to best practice care and embracing pragmatic strategies to quality care, are all key to ensuring people living with Younger Onset Dementia live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Join our panel of experts, including special guest John Thorpe, who will speak from his lived experience, and journey with us as we navigate the intricacies of Younger Onset Dementia, explore the range of supports and services available and hear about a unique interactive and educational resource available to us called ‘Prescription for Life’.


  • Understand the care needs and preferences of young people living with dementia and hear about some experiences with the NDIS and aged care sector to date.
  • Learn specific strategies to improve services for young people living with dementia and their families, including collaboration across the aged and disability sectors.
  • Discover the educational toolkit ‘Prescription for Life’ and learn how and where to access it.



John Thorpe

John Thorpe

Living with Dementia & Dementia Advocate,

Dementia Australia

Sally Lambourne

Sally Lambourne

General Manager, Consumer Engagement

Dementia Australia

Monica Cations

Dr. Monica Cations

Research Fellow and Lecturer

Flinders University

Dr Caroline Vafeas

Dr. Caroline Vafeas

Director of Undergraduate Nursing Studies

Edith Cowan University


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