MP JOINS ARLENE PHILIPS IN PARLIAMENT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DEMENTIA
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MP JOINS ARLENE PHILIPS IN PARLIAMENT TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT DEMENTIA

Local MP Peter Luff has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.

Peter joined well known choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips as well as 200 other MPs and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society in Westminster, to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers. Peter pledged to support Dementia Friends in his constituency.

Peter said,

“I was delighted to meet and talk with Arlene Philips about dementia and was very moved by the story of her father’s fight with dementia.

“The Alzheimer’s Society has taken done some great work to put dementia in the spotlight, and this is supported by the increased funding the Government has put into dementia research.

“Together we can all help sufferers and their families across Mid Worcestershire. 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 gain political support for their trailblazing Dementia Friends initiative, launched in February 2013.

Dementia Friends aims to help people understand what dementia is like to live with. 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.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said,

“Most people don’t know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends is the perfect opportunity to be able to invite everyone to improve their knowledge. We are pleased to have been able to engage over 130 MPs in one day. They have a huge influence in their local communities and we hope they will use this opportunity to take action and improve lives.”

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to dementiafriends.org.uk

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