Action Plan

YoungDementia UK enables younger people and their families to live well with dementia. We provide tailored, direct support and a welcoming community for people in Oxfordshire and adjoining counties – from diagnosis to beyond bereavement. Regionally and nationally, we seek to promote a better understanding of young onset dementia among professionals and the public.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

To inform GPs about young onset dementia and its possible symptoms.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?

 

We will create a guide to diagnosing young onset dementia for GPs that aims to inform them of possible symptoms, encourage conversations between the GP and their patients as well as offering a referral pathway to memory or learning disabilities services.

  • We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.

Commitment 2 - Relating to:

To provide information for people who are affected by young onset dementia so they are able to live a good quality life and have a voice.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?

 

The Young Dementia Network will continue to offer a voice to those affected by young onset dementia, to improve services, policy and resources. *YoungDementia UK will develop digital film clips to offer support to those newly diagnosed. These clips will feature people who have a diagnosis talking about a particular challenge, how they overcame/managed it and where the person watching could access support. We have developed a Clinic leaflet to inform individuals of 5 national organisations who could offer support/information about young onset dementia.

  • We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

To connect individuals, professionals, organisations within the Young Dementia Network so they are able to share best practice, support each other with challenges and share ideas.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?

 

We will Network our members in the most effective, beneficial way for them. For example by area or profession.

  • We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.