Charity to help younger dementia sufferers
May 23, 2012
A charity is launching to help sufferers of dementia under the age of 65 in the borough.
Younger People with Dementia Berkshire West believes almost 500 people and their families could be suffering with limited support in the county and will strive to give them support.
Charity trustee Dr Jacqui Hussey said: “When dementia affects people in their 40s, 50s and 60s, the impact of the illness can be profound.
“Being diagnosed with a debilitating disease that affects their ability to continue enjoying an active lifestyle can be devastating for both sufferers and their families.”
In the UK there are few designated NHS provisions for anyone under the age of 65 suffering with dementia.
The charity will work closely with the NHS, local charities and social services to plug gaps in provision that are not able to be funded publicly, such as organising therapeutic projects, support groups and social evenings for sufferers and their carers.
Chairman of the trustees Peter Watson said: “A diagnosis of dementia shouldn’t mean the end of a fulfilling life for a younger person, or for their family.”
For more information visit www.ypwd.info