My name is Julie Hayden from Halifax, West Yorkshire. My professional backgrounds are in nursing and social work, both involving dementia care. Several members of my family have lived with the condition, and I lost both my parents to it. I was diagnosed in May 2017 aged 54. Since then, I have established a young onset group, worked DEEPly with many other groups and organisations across the country. I am involved in education for professionals and research with the University of Bradford and recently The Open university. I also co-host a Living Alone With Dementia group for Dementia Alliance International.