Some people want to be able to selectively disclose that they have young onset dementia.
That is, they want to be able to tell one person they have it without telling everyone else around them in a public space.
This is where ID cards can sometimes help. You can keep them in your wallet and show them to just one person, if you prefer, to let them know you might need their help, understanding or patience.
Some people also like to use ID cards in other ways, too.
Jim Mann, a dementia advocate who lives in BC, proudly wears a lanyard and card that says he is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Jim was diagnosed at age 58.
“I want to share my personal experiences with dementia,” Jim says, “because I hope that they might cause some aha moments.”
Free downloads for Canadian young onset dementia ID cards now available
In early 2022, the Alzheimer Society of Canada created designs for young onset dementia ID cards.
You can now download a PDF of these ID cards for free. Then you can print them at home, at a library or at a printshop in your area. Just click on the download links below:
- I have young onset dementia - ID card
- The person I am with has young onset dementia - ID card
- I have memory problems - ID card
- The person I am with has memory problems - ID card
Fill in the blank areas of the card, then keep in your wallet in case you might need it—or use in any other way you choose.
The original UK cards were tested in shops, cinemas and on public transport.
Testers said they liked "being able to ask for help discreetly," "knowing it’s there if needed," and that "they are simple and clear."
Those cards are adapted here for Canadian users with the Young Dementia Network UK's permission.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about these cards, please send them anytime to [email protected].