MP backs Dementia Awareness campaign

October 11, 2013 3:24 PM

Local local MP Tom Brake has pledged his support for his constituents living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington has signed up for the Alzheimer's society pledge to campaign for better care and support for local residents living with dementia, and campaign to raise the awareness of the condition and its effects. He will also be holding a Dementia Friends information session in the constituency.

Tom Brake said: "Understandably, most people living with dementia want to stay in their own home for as long as possible. At the same time, their illness makes everyday things we all take for granted much more difficult for them."

"While some people suffering from dementia have a great support network, others live alone. A helping hand can make a real difference to their lives and help them feel included in their local community."

"I would certainly support greater awareness about dementia and expansion of Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer's Society initiative to help people to be independent and have a better quality of life."

Dementia is a serious and progressive disease leading to memory loss and communication problems that can make life confusing. In Sutton alone, there are over 2,000 people currently living with dementia, and that figure is expected to rise by 15 per cent by 2020. According to Dementia Friends, two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community but less than half say that they feel part of their community.

Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of the disease and the small things they can do to make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about the condition.

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