About us

Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia.

Admiral Joe inspired the creation of dementia UK
Admiral Joe

Our renowned Admiral Nurses work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia.

Living with dementia can be an incredibly hard and lonely experience for both the person with dementia and their family. We provide the compassionate, expert support families need every step of the way – helping everyone in that family to live more positively with dementia in the present; and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear.

We believe passionately that everyone who needs the support of an Admiral Nurse should get one – that’s why we’re working hard to increase the number of nurses across the UK.

Why Admiral Nursing?

Admiral Nurses were named by the family of Joseph Levy CBE BEM, who founded the charity. Joseph had vascular dementia and was known affectionately as “Admiral Joe” because of his love of sailing.

In 2015 we celebrated 25 years of Admiral Nursing.



Our vision

“People living with and affected by dementia will receive compassionate expert care and support that is right for them, to live positive and fulfilling lives”.

Our mission

Through Admiral Nurses we will:

  • Empower those living with and affected by dementia to receive the best available care that is tailored to meet their needs.
  • Become the beacon of excellence by providing unrivalled guidance, responsive solutions and innovative thinking to address the challenge of high quality dementia care.
  • Influence national policy to ensure that everyone living with dementia has equal and fair access to Admiral Nursing.
  • Lead the way in innovative and high quality research and development into the best possible dementia care.