Dementia is a condition that affects cognitive function, including memory, language, and problem-solving. While we often associate dementia with older adults, it can also affect younger individuals. W. Bro. Paul Wheeler of Rivermead Lodge 8278 and Erdemont Chapter 5865 is a member of the Freemasons and works for Bromley Mind, an organization that provides support for individuals affected by mental health issues, including dementia.

Through his work with Bromley Mind, Paul has become familiar with the work of Bromley YODA (Young Onset Dementia Activists), a group that focuses on raising awareness about young onset dementia and providing support to those affected by it. Young onset dementia is a type of dementia that affects people under the age of 65, accounting for only around 5% of all cases, but can have a particularly devastating impact on individuals and their families.

Recently, Brother Paul Wheeler utilised the Provincial Legacy Fund, a charitable fund set up to support Freemasons in their communities, to secure donations for Bromley YODA. Paul’s donation of £950 may seem small, but it can make a significant difference to the organization’s work, such as funding a support group for people with young onset dementia or providing training for healthcare professionals.

Paul presented the cheque to Saira Addison, the Dementia Services Manager, in a formal ceremony, demonstrating the power of the Provincial Legacy Fund to make a difference in people’s lives. The Freemasons have a long tradition of supporting charitable causes, including those that focus on mental health, like Bromley Mind.

Paul’s work with Bromley Mind and Bromley YODA is an excellent example of the community service that Freemasons are known for, helping to make life better for people affected by dementia, including those with young onset dementia. By supporting organizations like Bromley YODA, individuals and communities can help to raise awareness about young onset dementia and support those affected by the disease.

There are many ways that people can get involved and help raise awareness about young onset dementia. Participating in events and activities that are designed to raise awareness and funds for the cause can make a big difference. Additionally, supporting organizations like Bromley YODA can provide crucial resources for those affected by the disease.

While young onset dementia may be a relatively rare condition, its impact can be devastating. By working together to raise awareness, provide support, and fund research into the disease, we can help to make life better for those affected by dementia, no matter their age. The Provincial Legacy Fund is just one example of how communities can come together to support charitable causes, making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.