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Burnham For Mayor

Friday, 13 September 2013

Dementia Pledge

I joined many other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Portcullis House, Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action I will take to support people with dementia and their carers. I pledged to campaign for better dementia care in his constituency of Leigh

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 estimate there will be a million people with dementia by 2021. As a local MP it is important that I help to raise awareness and campaign for action to improve services available across the Leigh area.

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, visit Dementia Friends  to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.