TWO of the UK’s leading dementia care charities have merged. Dementia UK is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting families facing dementia through dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. YoungDementia UK is the national charity for people affected by young onset dementia.
The merged charities will continue to operate under the name Dementia UK, to provide a stronger, unified, more influential voice for people living with and affected by young onset dementia – that is, anyone diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65 and their families.
Dr Hilda Hayo, CEO of Dementia UK and Chief Admiral Nurse, said:
“Dementia UK and YoungDementia UK have worked together successfully for years and this is an excellent development, and natural progression, for both charities. Now, more than ever, families impacted by dementia need empathetic, specialist support, and the coming together of these two charities will greatly expand our knowledge, expertise and capability for supporting families facing young onset dementia.”
Tessa Gutteridge, Director of YoungDementia UK, said:
“YoungDementia UK is dedicated to supporting people diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65. We recognise the very different impact young-onset dementia has on the person and their family. Joining forces with Dementia UK will help us amplify the voices of those dealing with this difficult condition, and reach even more people with specialist advice and support. Together we are committed to making a greater difference to people living with young onset dementia, and their families.”
The service offering of both charities will continue unchanged for the time being, with the view to enhancing these services in the future. The Young Dementia Network and the Young Dementia Oxfordshire support offering will continue under their existing names. All YoungDementia UK staff have become Dementia UK employees from this week.