Could you be a ‘dementia friend’?

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Mark Menzies MP has welcomed Britain’s biggest ever project to challenge the way the public thinks about and acts on dementia.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has today launched a new scheme calling on members of the public to attend free local training sessions on how to become a ‘Dementia Friend’.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We cannot underestimate the challenge we face in dealing with dementia in our country.

“There are already nearly 700,000 sufferers in England alone but less than half are diagnosed and general awareness about the condition is shockingly low.

“Last March I made clear that I wanted to do something about that and we are now going further and faster to help people and their carers, and to support the research needed to prevent and treat the condition.

“Through the Dementia Friends project we will for the first time make sure a million people know how to spot those tell-tale signs and provide support.

“There is still a long way to go in fighting the disease but together we can improve the lives of millions.”

Mark Menzies MP has long campaigned for greater dementia awareness and care; recently, the Fylde MP met with Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals Trust’s outgoing Chief Executive, Aidan Kehoe and his deputy, Tim Welch, calling upon local health services to try and ensure Fylde becomes a national leader in this vital field.

Mr Menzies said: “This is an issue that is very close to my heart and one that is of particular importance to Fylde residents.

“I am pleased the Prime Minister takes this issue as seriously as I do, and I hope as many local people as possible sign up to become a ‘dementia friend’.”

For more information and to sign up, please visit http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/dementia-friends/ and http://www.conservatives.com/News/News_stories/2012/11/New_steps_outlined_for_dementia_support_programme.aspx

 

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