Our Young Onset Dementia Carer Support Course is designed for friends and family of people who have been diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65 years.
The course will look at some of the rarer types of dementia that are more common in younger people, for example Frontotemporal dementia and Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA). You will have the opportunity to learn more about how these different types of dementia affect the brain and the person’s behaviour. We explore different ways to further support the person you are caring for, for example by making small adaptations to your behaviour and/or the physical and social environment. There will also be a strong focus on how you can build on and develop your own resilience, in order to help increase your well-being and confidence in your caring role.
As a charity we do not make a profit. We are fortunate to have reserves from the sale of the assets of our previous charity (we used to own care homes) to invest in the development and start-up costs of our new services. It costs the charity £650 per carer to deliver the course, including food and accommodation.
From January 2020, we will be charging £250 to attend these courses. This will help us to keep our services sustainable and reach as many carers as possible. If you cannot afford this but would like to attend a course, please get in touch with us and we will discuss options. We don’t want anyone to be excluded from our courses and will do our best to accommodate you. If you can afford to give more, we also invite participants to donate what they can on completion of the course. All donations, big or small, make such a difference.