Dearne MP John Healey has pledged to take action to support 800,000 people who are living with dementia across the UK.
Mr Healey joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Portcullis House, Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of planned action to support dementia sufferers and carers.
The MP promised to “back the work of families and groups who offer great support in Rotherham and Barnsley; and press ministers to make better care a higher priority in our NHS.”
He said: “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, but the government has cut more than £1.8 billion from local council budgets and this is putting serious strain on care services for older people.”
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 to turn that understanding into action. Alzheimer’s Society aims to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to improve awareness and the lives of the 650,000 people who have the condition.
If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or in helping create more dementia-friendly communities, go to dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.