What is the Young Dementia Network?

The Young Dementia Network, hosted by Dementia UK, is a collaborative network, an influencing body, a community of people seeking to improve lives through campaigning and empowering people with knowledge and information. 

We know first hand about the impact of dementia on younger people and their families and how isolating it can be.  We believe that everyone affected should be well informed, feel connected to others and enabled to live life to the full.

Our purpose

The Network’s purpose is to improve the lives of people with young onset dementia and their families now and bring about significant changes that will have a lasting benefit for people living with the condition in the future.

Our activities and impact

The Network:

  • provides opportunities for its members to collaborate, share experience and knowledge and learn from each other
  • campaigns for change both in the areas of policy and practice
  • creates resources for younger people and their families, for people working in health and social care and for service developers and commissioners
  • is involved in and supports young onset dementia research
  • is passionate about informing and connecting people, enabling them to learn from each other
  • works collaboratively with individuals and organisations in order to bring about real change

Our objectives

We aim to influence policy and encourage better young onset services across the UK.  Our priorities have been identified by people affected by young onset dementia

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Our achievements

The Young Dementia Network was launched in September 2016.  Ever since, we have strived to bring about improvements and positive change for people affected by young onset dementia

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The need for change

People affected by young onset dementia are poorly served across the UK.  We are seeking national and high-level service, policy and practice changes that will make a tangible difference to people’s lives

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