Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has met with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society in Parliament and has pledged to help whenever he can in raising the issue in his constituency and the House of Commons.
Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were in Westminster last week in order to drum up political support for their Dementia Friends initiative that was launched in February. Dementia Friends aims to help people to understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
The Alzheimer’s Society hopes to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, which will go a long way in helping to make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Society, click here, and for more information on Dementia Friends, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “It was really helpful to meet with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society in Parliament and to see what MPs can do to help address the problems of both Alzheimer’s and dementia. Most people are unaware that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia, which just goes to highlight why it is so it important that we address this issue in such an open way. I would encourage any residents that wish to take part in the Dementia Friends project to get in touch with this admirable charity.”