Dementia does not just affect the person with the diagnosis. It has a huge impact upon friends and family, who often become the main carers for the person with dementia.
We know that caring for a relative with dementia can be very difficult and lonely. Around 40% of family carers experience clinical depression or anxiety. Yet when things get challenging or difficult, our dementia specialist Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia, their families and carers: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions to face dementia with more confidence.
Dementia UK receives no government funding. We are reliant on voluntary donations, including gifts in Wills. By leaving a gift in your Will, you can help ensure that a specialist Admiral Nurse will be there to support families living with dementia.
Dementia diagnosis rates are rising, meaning even more families will need the support of an Admiral Nurse in the future. We need to increase our services to meet this need. Dementia UK needs 800 Admiral Nurses by 2030 to ensure every family who needs one has an Admiral Nurse.
We know that friends and family come first, but once you’ve looked after those closest to you, would you consider leaving a gift to Dementia UK? Leaving even a small amount can make a big difference.
Admiral Nurses have had a positive impact on people like Alison, whose long-term partner Philip has been living with young onset dementia since his early 60’s. Alison said: “It’s so important that I have my Admiral Nurse, Rob, there for me as Philip’s health deteriorates. I trust his opinion implicitly and he understands what I am dealing with on a day-to-day basis. He even supports my initiative to train Jess, a Labrador, as a therapy dog for Philip. Ultimately Rob is an absolutely fantastic listener and I only wish I had found him sooner”.
Dementia UK supporter Colin, says ‘thank you’ with a gift in his Will