Andrew Gwynne MP has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
He joined many other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Portcullis House, Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers. Andrew Gwynne MP pledged to help make their constituency dementia friendly so people with dementia can play a full role in their community. He will also campaign for better dementia care with the Alzheimer’s Society to improve support for people with dementia.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, and it is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore. The Alzheimer’s Society do fantastic work and it was a pleasure to meet with them. I pledge to do my very best to improve dementia diagnosis rates in my constituency by raising awareness at every available opportunity.”
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘There will be a million people with dementia by 2021, but less than half of people tell us they think they know enough about the condition. MPs have huge influence in their local communities and we hope that after speaking to us about dementia today, they will return to their constituencies and start talking to people about the condition and taking action to improve lives.‘
Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were in Westminster to drum up political support for their trailblazing Dementia Friends initiative that launched in February this year. Dementia Friends aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition.
If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.