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Roxanne, Admiral Nurse, in a clinical setting

About us

We are Dementia UK — the specialist dementia nursing charity that is there for the whole family.

    We know that when someone develops dementia (which includes Alzheimer’s disease) it doesn’t just impact the person with the diagnosis – everyone around them is also affected in some way. That’s why we’re here.

    Our specialist nurses, known as Admiral Nurses, provide free advice, support and understanding to help families care for their loved one. As experts in the condition, their tailored, life-changing support helps families through the fear and confusion of dementia. From sharing practical tips for caring, to offering compassionate emotional support and helping plan for the future, they are there when people impacted by the condition need them most.

    Every day, Admiral Nurses help families up and down the country to have the best life possible for as long as possible. Whether it’s on our Helpline, through our virtual or face-to-face clinics or in the community, our nurses give families affected by dementia the much-needed space to talk to someone who understands. It’s why so many people describe Admiral Nurses as a lifeline.

    We are working hard to grow the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK so every family affected by dementia can access their support – whenever they need it.

    Together, we can ensure that no one has to face dementia alone.

    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.

    Young onset dementia

    Since our merger with YoungDementia UK in 2020, we have worked to develop a strong, sustainable, prominent Young Onset Dementia Programme which creates a centre of expertise for younger people with dementia, their families and the professionals supporting them.

    Dementia is considered ‘young onset’ where symptoms develop under the age of 65. There are estimated to be 70,800 people living with young onset dementia in the UK. We understand the different impact that dementia in mid-life has on the person, their family and their future and why specialist information and support is needed.

    Our young onset dementia section contains information about symptoms, getting a diagnosis and how to live with the condition as well as a database of age-appropriate support across the UK. Our Helpline and virtual clinics also offer specialist advice and information around young onset dementia.

    Dementia UK hosts the Young Dementia Network, an online influencing community of people who are passionate about improving the lives of people affected by young onset dementia.