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Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses. They provide life-changing support to families living with dementia. They have the time to listen and the knowledge to solve problems, helping families face the future with confidence. Read how our nurses offer a lifeline to people affected by dementia, and what this vital support means to them

Hannah

I live with dementia: Hannah's story

Hannah’s husband Neil was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s at 51 years old. The family’s Admiral Nurse, Lizzie, supports them on a regular basis

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Joanna

I live with dementia: Joanna's story

Joanna’s mum has vascular dementia and is now living in a care home. Joanna talks about the impact that her mum’s condition has had on the whole family over the years

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Fred sits on his sofa looking out of the window

I live with dementia: Fred's story

Fred’s wife Lynne has vascular dementia and is now in a nursing home. Here, Fred shares how his life has been affected by Lynne’s dementia

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George painting

I live with dementia: George's story

George was diagnosed with mixed dementia in 2014 at the age of 62 and has spent much of the last eight years meeting people who live with the condition and campaigning for better support and services

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Rachel's mum Brenda

Rachel and Brenda's story

Brenda was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 59 years old. Her daughter Rachel discusses what it’s like being a carer to her mum in her 20s and the support she’s received from her Admiral Nurse

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Tracy and Steve on holiday

Tracy and Steve's story

Tracy’s husband Steve was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia when he was 58 years old. Tracy talks about how they cope day to day and the support they’ve received from Admiral Nurse Liz

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Penny and Rosemary recording their podcast

Penny's story

Penny speaks about her relationship with mum Rosemary, who has mixed dementia, how they started a podcast together, and how the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline has helped her

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Denise's mum, Bertha

Denise's story

Denise’s mum Bertha was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. Denise reached out to the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline and Admiral Nurse Deborah for support

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Julie and Brian on holiday

Julie's story

After Julie’s husband, Brian, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, she sought help from Dementia UK and got support from Admiral Nurse, Rachel.

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Rob and Jayne

Rob's story

Rob’s partner Jayne experienced behavioural changes after a car accident and was eventually diagnosed with dementia at 59 years old. The family were supported by the Dementia Helpline and Admiral Nurse Angela

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Mary and her mum

Mary's story

As part of our CHC (continuing healthcare) campaign, Mary talks about how she navigated the process for her mum, with help from her Admiral Nurse, Simone

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Rob and Pamela stand in a bluebell wood

Pamela's story

When Pamela applied for CHC for her husband Rob, she felt the odds were stacked against them from the outset

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Marilyn and David sit in their home

Marilyn and David's story

We know that many families are worried about loved ones with dementia being in hospital, or being readmitted, with care packages at home difficult to establish due to Covid-19. Here is Marilyn’s story about how her husband, David, was returned home by their Admiral Nurse, Kerry

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Jolyon and sister sitting outside

Jolyon and Fiona's story

Jolyon’s sister was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 63. They were supported by Admiral Nurse Amy, despite many challenges and geographic distance

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Maureen and Michael's story

“Caring for someone with dementia is like living on a knife edge; it is so unpredictable and certainly has its challenges. You go through so many mixed emotions, pity, anger, frustration and even despair. My Admiral Nurse Katie became an absolute lifeline”

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Bahman and Admiral Nurse, Vincent

Bahman and Kathleen's story

When Kathleen, a former GP, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her husband, Bahman, was devastated to learn there was no cure

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Gladys and Colin

Colin and Gladys' story

Colin and his family struggled alone before they met Admiral Nurse Kellie

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Geoff and Margaret on their wedding day

Geoff and Margaret's story

Geoff and his wife Margaret, had been happily married for nearly 60 years when he realised that she was not acting her usual self

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Sue and Ann's story

Sue and Ann's story

Find out how our specialist dementia Nurse, Julie, helped Sue and her mum Ann come back together when it was looking impossible

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Roger and Mary

Roger and Mary's story

After two years Mary was finally told she probably had early stage Alzheimer’s but wouldn’t know for definite until she had died. Admiral Nurse Mekala was there to help

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Linda, John and daughter

John and Linda's story

John’s wife Linda was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 53. The effect of Linda’s dementia on the wider family has been distressing, but they have been supported by Admiral Nurse Lesley

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Marin and Ian with an ocean background

Marion and Ian's story

Marion’s husband Ian was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 54. Through the support of her Admiral Nurse Sharon, Marion could care for Ian at home for as long as possible, and now realises the importance of holding on to the good times with Ian and the family

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Beryl and Jim on their wedding day

Beryl and Jim's story

Jim was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. His wife Beryl found the Covid-19 lockdowns upsetting, but was able to seek support from Admiral Nurse Tracey

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Hannah, Neil and their children

Hannah and Neil's story

Hannah’s husband Neil was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at 51 years old. The family’s Admiral Nurse, Lizzie, supports them on a regular basis

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Alf and Mary Howarth

Alf and Mary's story

After Mary was diagnosed with vascular dementia, husband Alf found it difficult to deal with the emotional strain he was under – until he met Admiral Nurse Anna, his ‘angel’

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Jean Broscombe, Volunteer Ambassador

Jean and Derek's story

Jean from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire was married to Derek for over 30 years. Sadly in 2011 Derek was diagnosed with dementia and Jean’s difficult struggle to care for him began until he died in 2018

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Diana and Lester - Remember a Star

Diana and Lester's story

“Sam, our Admiral Nurse, was brilliant at helping me try to understand what Lester might be going through. It’s so difficult because when you can’t ask someone what they’re feeling, you can’t ever be sure. But she helped me to understand his behaviour a bit better”

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Julie and Dolores' story

After Julie’s aunt Dolores was diagnosed with dementia, she rang the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline for support

 

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Emma and her mum, Nancy

Emma's story

After Emma’s mum was diagnosed with mixed dementia, she called the Helpline, and they were supported by Admiral Nurse Linda at her mum’s dementia specialist care home

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Chris and Heather's story

Chris and Heather's story

Chris and her partner Heather talk about Chris’s initial diagnosis of young onset vascular dementia and subsequent diagnosis of Lewy body dementia. They are supported by Admiral Nurse Rachel

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