FEATURE TOPIC: Dementia Care: ResearchCare Considerations for Persons with Early-Onset Dementia A Case Studies AnalysisROSE, KAREN PHD; YU, FANG PHD GNP-BC, RN; PALMER, JANICE L. PHD, RN; RICHESON, NANCY E. PHD, CTRS; BURGENER, SANDY C. PHD, GNP-BCAuthor Information University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville (Dr Rose); University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis (Dr Yu); Saint Louis University School of Nursing, Saint Louis, Missouri (Dr Palmer); University of Southern Maine College of Nursing and Health Professions, Portland, Maine (Dr Richeson); and University of Illinois College of Nursing, Urbana (Dr Burgener). Correspondence: Karen Rose, PhD, University of Virginia School of Nursing, 202 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22908 ([email protected]). Dr Rose was supported, in part, through the John A. Hartford/Atlantic Philanthropies Claire M. Fagin Fellowship, and Dr Yu was supported by a NIH K12 Career Advancement Award (RR023247-04) for this work. We thank the individuals with EO-D and their caregivers who contributed information to this article. Alzheimer's Care Today: July 2010 - Volume 11 - Issue 3 - p 151-161 doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181ec0115 Buy Metrics Abstract Persons with early-onset dementia are a growing subpopulation of persons with dementia. Persons with early-onset dementia are more vulnerable to negative societal- and health care–related effects of dementia. Four case studies are presented. Identified themes are (1) coping with the stigma of dementia diagnosis; (2) lack of access to health care benefits and community-based services; (3) loss of income, work roles, and related benefits; (4) loneliness and isolation; (5) difficulties in meeting the safety needs of those who are physically active; (6) challenges in finding appropriate long-term care placement; and (7) caregiver difficulties. Implications for future studies are described. © 2010 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.