David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, met with representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society at the House of Commons on Tuesday 10 September to learn about the Dementia Friends initiative and how they are working to support people with the condition.
He also completed one of their campaign cards, in which he said he would pledge to help raise awareness of dementia in Bexleyheath and Crayford.
Mr Evennett said “One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, so it is vital that we do all we can to make sure that people are aware of its symptoms, effects and treatments. I support the Government’s initiatives to support early diagnosis, make care homes and hospitals more comfortable and help the public better understand the condition, which I hope will make a real difference. I would also encourage people to find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend, as you could help those with dementia in our local community.”
Dementia Friends was launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year with the Alzheimer’s Society, Department for Health and the Office for Civil Society. You can find out more information at http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk.
Mr Evennett is pictured with Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Arlene Phillips with his pledge card.