A recent diagnosis of dementia can be daunting and feel like a helpless situation. The condition has repercussions for all loved ones, family and friends. In a way, they are now living with dementia. Dementia (meaning “deprived of mind”) is not a specific disease, but a condition of gradual loss of brain function. Even though dementia is associated with the geriatric population, it can occur before the age of 60, being termed “early onset dementia”. If you or someone you know are now faced with this new situation, remember you are not alone, there are many powerful tools available to help with the transition. Here are some important things you should know.