Is their anybody on here who is around 20?

Discussion in 'Younger people with dementia and their carers' started by LauraKx, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. carlyanna

    carlyanna Registered User

    Jun 22, 2012
    Parents with dementia


    Im 27 and my sister is 24. Our dad is 52 and has Alzheimers too. He was diagnosed on New Years Eve 2011. Although we noticed problems and symptons over a year ago now.

    We have had a lot of problems with dad as he suffers with severe depression as well, and whilst i was on holiday Aug 16th this year, he tried jumping off the local bridge in southampton. Was then arrested under the mental health act, and currently resides in a mental institute, where they have NO IDEA how to treat him with this illness etc.

    I struggle a lot, im the one who gets the phone calls, the one in charge of his care and and working full time with a stressful job on top is quite hard sometimes.

    How are you coping Laura? Do you have a good support system? I wouldnt be able to cope with out my family, they are amazing !

  2. Rthomson

    Rthomson Registered User

    Nov 3, 2012
    Hi Laura, I am 27 but I was 19 when my mum was diagnosed. I am new to this forum and don't know why I didn't join sooner. At the age of 19 you do not expect your parent to have Alzheimer's! How are you doing just now?
  3. Fozzy

    Fozzy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2013
    Great yarmouth
    Hi Laura I'm 29 and sometimes feel very alone because no one really understands unless u r in this mum was diagnosed last jan at the age of 55.also my dad died this year so it has been a very tough year.if you ever want a chat I'm also up for letting off some steam.
  4. Fozzy

    Fozzy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2013
    Great yarmouth
    Hi I see that you are local to me,ever fancy a chat that would be good
  5. minnie2020

    minnie2020 Registered User

    Nov 28, 2012
    Hi im mew to this site im 25 and my dad has been diagnosed with dementia hes 53. I thought he was the.only one being quite young but seems im mistaken its so scary isnt it but knowing im npt alone in this brings me some comfort hope ur k xx
  6. evie

    evie Registered User

    Dec 11, 2009
    Hello laura

    My husband has dementia and my daughter is still at home and has just turned 17. She does sometimes find it difficult to deal with the situation at home and I know she would like someone to talk to that understands what she is going through. I hadn't suggested to her to go to his site because i didn't think it would be something she could use so thankyou for your post.
  7. Fozzy

    Fozzy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2013
    Great yarmouth
    Hi if u ever want to chat privately I know this would help me so much.
  8. Fozzy

    Fozzy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2013
    Great yarmouth
    Hi if u every want to chat I know this would do me good
  9. Rox3

    Rox3 Registered User

    Nov 6, 2012
    Hi Laura,

    I'm 25 and my mum was diagnosed 3 years ago! It's been a tough time and as much as I love my friends none of them really understand but are always there for me. After reading about you trying to deal with your emotions it's nice to know I'm not the only one suffering with this. I too get extremely upset quite easily and I'd say I've cried more in these last few years than I've done in the last 20 years. If your still looking for young people to talk to I'd be happy to talk with you anytime.

    Rachel xx
  10. 16Kate

    16Kate Registered User

    Dec 3, 2013
    North wales
    Hey everyone, I'm 16 and my dad was diagnosed in the last 1-2 years so I don't have much experience but he has gotten worse very quickly, I'm younger than you but still it's something?
  11. hopefulasever

    hopefulasever Registered User

    Nov 24, 2010
    Hi Kate, my mum started showing signs when I was 16 - I'm 22 now but if you ever want a chat, let me know. It's hard to deal with at such a young age x
  12. hathewitt

    hathewitt Registered User

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Laura I am 24 and my mum just got diagnosed with early onset dimentia. She is 57. She has a kind called PCA. How are u finding things? Do you have siblings or a dad who lives at home?
  13. cyclesmile

    cyclesmile Registered User

    Feb 6, 2014
    Hey Kate,
    My dad started started to show signs of Alzheimer's when I was 16 in 2011, but he has only recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's this year. I am now 19 and I started University in September 2013 and I live far away from home. I am currently finding my dad's diagnosis quite difficult to deal with, I can't believe my own dad has been diagnosed with such a cruel disease. I would really appreciate a chat with someone of a similar age who will understand what I am going through.
  14. April06

    April06 Registered User

    Apr 15, 2011
    West Yorkshire
    Hi everyone,

    My mum got diagnosed with semantic dementia when I was 19.
    I'm now 23 and her main carer which is starting to get quite emotionally
    draining now she is in the more advanced stages as I really miss 'having' a mum.
    It would also be nice to talk to people around a similar age :)
  15. charl89

    charl89 Registered User

    Apr 26, 2014

    hi. i have just joined, im 24
    my mum was diagnosed 4 1/2 years ago aged 51. as with you all it was the biggest shock of our lives and we did not expect her symptoms to be early onset, we hadnt even known younger people could have Alzheimers! at first the doctors blamed menopause but after insisting a very good dr referred her after she had concerns.
    mums now in a dementia care home and its getting harder every day as i can imagine you all feel too.
    hope you all are doing ok.
    stay strong
  16. argon1

    argon1 Registered User

    Nov 29, 2013
    Hi Laura,

    I am 25. My Dad is 57 and has dementia. You can send me a message if you'd like the chat, but it looks like you got tonnes of responses!

    Either way,
  17. KeddyL

    KeddyL Registered User

    Jun 8, 2014
    Hello everybody!!

    Hello everyone.. Its Laura. Ive recently had to change my account so my LauraKx wont be used no more. I just want to say thank you so much for everybody's responses. I love seeing that people can relate to other people and are getting to no each other on this thread, this is what its all about. I am totally overwhelmed and now I'm up and running again i am going to sit and read each post so expect a message from me in the up coming days. Thank you all again, look forward to talking to you all! Xxx
  18. cmcc92

    cmcc92 Registered User

    May 28, 2014
    Hi Laura,
    I'm 21 and my dad was diagnosed 2 weeks ago aged 56. Glad to know I'm not alone! I'm here if you want to chat :)

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  19. 16Kate

    16Kate Registered User

    Dec 3, 2013
    North wales
    Hey! I'm sixteen and my dad was diagnosed with early onset 3 years ago, I am the youngest of 5 kids( the eldest being 30). My dad is now 53, after 3 years of learning how to deal with this new way of living my nana who is almost 77 had to move in as she too was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Would be nice to talk to someone around my age, who understands a as I'm sure many of you have had to deal with friends who just don't get it.
  20. Sarah31

    Sarah31 Registered User

    Jun 11, 2014
    I'm 31 with two young children, I'm trying to do the best for my dad and i keep reading on here that their still the same person but in a way my dad is not. It's scary and sad to know my children will never know the wonderful person he is/ eldest who's three is refusing to come when I visit. None if my friends understand and I don't feel like I have anyone to talk to x

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