Fylde MP visits dementia information bus


MARK Menzies MP outlined his vision for Fylde to become a beacon for dementia care during a visit to an Alzheimer’s Society information bus in Lytham.

While on the bus, the Member of Parliament spoke to staff and members of the public about his healthcare ambitions and commended the work of employees and volunteers from the society.

The information bus is designed to provide a facility where people can go and speak to trained advisors if they have any questions about dementia but may not have known where to go for advice.

Following his visit, Mr Menzies said: “Dementia is one of those diseases which people seem to be reluctant to talk about and for too long it was dismissed as a sign of growing old.

“However, with the number of people with dementia expected to double in the next 30 years and predicted costs to our health and care services likely to treble to more than £50bn, we must accept that dementia poses one of the biggest global health and social care challenges.

“Initiatives like this information bus provide a great service as they can be placed in public areas and people can feel comfortable to go and speak to someone about any questions they may have.

“The Prime Minister has already set out his challenge for Britain to be the best country in the world for dementia care and support for sufferers, their carers and families by 2020, as well as the world leader in research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

“Having an older population means that Fylde, unfortunately, has a higher percentage of people with dementia than many other areas.

“That is something I highlighted with the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, when I spoke to him about this issue recently. I want to see Fylde become an exemplar area for the best care and support for people with dementia and I put our case forward to him.

“I am proud to be one of the 1.3m Dementia Friends in the UK and last year I hosted a training session for business and public service staff. I hear about positive dementia initiatives being carried out in Fylde all the time, but we must redouble our efforts. The work is only just beginning.”

The Alzheimer’s Society information bus will be situated at the new Booths supermarket on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, on Thursday.


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP with Alzheimer’s Society staff from Blackpool and Lancaster at the information bus in Lytham

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