Keith Oliver – living with young onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, Kent and Medway PT NHS Dementia Service User Envoy and member of the 3 Nations Dementia Working Group

Keith lives in Canterbury, is married to Rosemary and is a former primary school teacher and head teacher. On New Year’s Eve 2010 aged 55, his life changed dramatically when a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was confirmed. After coming to terms with the diagnosis he was determined to fill the vacuum created in his life.  He uses his energy, drive and remaining skills towards public awareness around dementia.

Keith is an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and KMPT Dementia Envoy. He has presented at many conferences and spoken at many events.  He is a founder member of the Young Dementia Network and 3 Nations Dementia Working Group.  He recognises the crucial importance of supporting younger people affected by dementia through diagnosis and beyond with the provision of appropriate support.

In 2021,Keith was awarded an honorary doctorate by Canterbury Christ Church University in recognition of his work connected with dementia which primarily has focused upon young onset.

Keith has authored or co-authored four books since being diagnosed, the latest being Dear Alzheimer’s (profits going to support young onset dementia work within Dementia UK) and Time and Place, a collection of poems, the proceeds from which support DEEP.

Keith is a member of the Young Dementia Network’s Understanding and Awareness workstream.