On Tuesday 9th December, the Frontotemporal Support Group, Myrtle Ellis fund and University College London hosted an invitation-only awareness raising event at the House of Lords.
Hosted by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, the event was attended by people affected by young onset dementia, members of the House of Lords, House of Commons, representatives from charites and other health related bodies.
The purpose of the event was to highlight the common misconception that dementia is primarily about memory and only affects older people. The event aimed to tackle this perception by discussing with policy-makers the realities and particular challenges faced by people diagnosed with dementia aged under 65. It is hoped that the event will be a positive step towards raising awareness and improving knowledge about the condition, allowing more timely diagnosis and providing relevant information and support.
You can download, 'An introduction to young onset dementia', a leaflet created for the event by clicking here.