The number of people diagnosed with cognitive impairment has increased in the recent years. At National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), we see approximately 250 -300 new cases per year, and half of them are below 65 years old. With the increasing awareness of cognitive impairment, the number of patients with Young Onset Cognitive Impairment (YOCI) is likely to rise.
What Is YOCI?
YOCI includes mild cognitive impairment and dementia occurring in patients under the age of 65 years.
Signs and symptoms
Causes of YOCI
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an important cause of YOCI. MCI refers to individuals with mild cognitive impairment, who have difficulty in memory and other cognitive abilities but have normal daily functions.
Causes of dementia in the young include:
Challenges faced by:
YOCI service at NNI
YOCI patients and their families face different problems and needs compared to other dementias. Many encounter difficulty in gaining access and support to locally available services as most existing services are tailored for the elderly or disabled.
Objectives of NNI YOCI programme:
YOCI Programme Initial Assessment*
Diagnostic Review Visit*
* Please note that the Initial Assessment and Diagnostic Review Visit will be covered over two visits.
Where to seek help?
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