Alzheimer’s Society statement on younger onset dementia

Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations at Alzheimer’s Society has said:

'Alzheimer’s Society has and always will have a strong commitment to improving support for the 42,000 people living with young onset dementia in the UK. 

'We were delighted to receive funding to create the two year fixed-term project that established the charity’s future direction on young onset dementia and are confident that, by the end of this two year Project, we will achieve this.

'We will continue to ensure all of our work takes into account the specific needs of people with young onset dementia, as we work to get a better deal for them from the health and social care sectors. Our expert leads from our knowledge and policy teams are still in place and we will guarantee that there will be a post that continues to champion this work going forward. Many of our services are designed specifically for people with young onset dementia and we are currently piloting a new befriending service called Side by Side, the creation of which has been heavily informed by the views of people with young onset dementia. 

'As such we remain committed members of the National Young Onset Dementia Network and will continue to consult with them to ensure we have the right resource in place going forwards.'

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