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The Experience of Living with Young Onset Dementia - Student Skills Share

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The Academy SPACE

The Coach House

1a Filey Street

Sheffield

S10 2FF

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This event is the first in a series of Student-Led Skills Share

Profits from this event will be donated to Young Dementia Uk.

Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a condition of old age and can affect people between the ages of 40 and 65. Currently there are an estimated 40, 000 people living with young onset dementia (defined as obtaining a diagnosis before the age of 65 years) in the UK. People living with young onset dementia can be hypothesised as being in the ‘prime of life’, where the level of roles and responsibilities reaches a peak compared to other life stages. They are likely to still be in work, have financial commitments such as a mortgage, and have children themselves and/or older parents.

In this skills share forum, we will be holding a Dementia Friends session, led by experts by experience, Joy and Tony Watson. Joy was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 55. She is now an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, holds regular Dementia Friends sessions with her husband Tony and has won numerous awards including the winner of this year’s National Dementia Care Awards for ‘Exceptional Contribution by a Person Living with Dementia’. She also won the inaugural Dementia Friendly award’s ‘Outstanding Dementia Friends Champion’ in 2014 and the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award in 2016.

Joy and Tony will then share some of their experiences around living with young onset dementia and Luisa Rabanal will give some more background on the condition with highlights from the current three-year study she has been working on which is exploring the experiences and needs of younger people living with dementia in Salford.

Luisa Rabanal – currently on the Foundations in Counselling course

Luisa is a Research Fellow in Young Onset Dementia at the Salford Institute for Dementia. She was appointed at the end of April 2015 to work on a three-year landmark study in collaboration with Salford City Council looking at the needs of younger people living with dementia using participatory action research. The findings will be used to develop best practice in Salford and facilitate the development of support services for people living with young onset dementia.

Luisa has a diverse research background, including seven years studying primates in central Africa. She developed a passion for improving dementia care following a career change where she worked in residential homes as a carer for older people living with dementia. Luisa has three years of experience supporting a wide range of people living with dementia in different health care settings, including an NHS dementia-specialist residential nursing home for patients with complex care needs.

Luisa is a registered Occupational Therapist and is particularly interested in how to increase engagement in meaningful occupation for people living with dementia.

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