Local MP joins Arlene Philips in fight against dementia
ANNETTE Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, this week pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
Annette joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society including former Strictly judge Arlene Philips in Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers.
Annette said: “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, and it is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore.”
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.
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During the afternoon, 30 MPs from across England took part in a Dementia Friends session.
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.