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Introduction

Young onset dementia affects adults between the ages of 30-64. Nationally there are more than 42,000 younger people with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society report: Dementia UK (2nd Edition), in Berkshire alone, there are an estimated 539 people living with young onset dementia.

People with young onset dementia often experience a more rapid decline in cognition and quality of life at a time when they may otherwise have expected to be in employment, have an active social life or are raising a family. The same applies to partners and other family members who consequently face social isolation and carer stress. In many cases, carers have to give up work to support their partner and therefore, the ability to provide respite on a daily basis is often pivotal to keeping carers in work. Furthermore, for the person with dementia, lack of appropriate activities can result in an increase in social isolation, apathy, a decline in health and increased risk of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire)

Our charity was formed in 2012 and has grown year on year in both the numbers of the carers that it supports and those diagnosed with young onset dementia who attend appropriate weekday workshops across East and West Berkshire, helping them to live better with dementia.

Traditional support services provided for those with dementia are designed to meet the needs and expected therapeutic outcomes of older adults and subsequently, access to activities appropriate for younger adults with dementia continues to be limited locally, regionally and nationally. The YPWD model encourages carer respite throughout the working week, giving all carers the chance to take a break.

Using Our Website

We have designed our website to help different groups of users:

Service Users, Carers and Families

Service users, carers and families will find the following information available:

If you are in this group and there's something you think we are missing, please get in touch.

Supporters

If you wish to support us in some way we have details of lots of information:

If you are in this group and there's something you think we are missing, please get in touch.

Donors

As a small charity we are always in need of financial support. There are many ways you can help:

If you are in this group and there's something you think we are missing, please get in touch.

Health & social care professionals and researchers

Young onset dementia is a specific area of work and we wish to participate in the study of it as best we are able to:

If you are a health and social care professional or researcher and there's something you think we are missing, please get in touch.

Getting a Referral

To use our services users need to be referred to us using one of the processes described in our Referral Pathway page. If you are unsure about any aspect of referral, please get in touch.

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