Mark Menzies MP: Become a Dementia Friend for World Alzheimer’s Day


This Monday was World Alzheimer’s Day and regular readers will know of my desire to see Fylde become a beacon for the care and treatment of those with dementia.

I regularly speak on this issue in Parliament and have pushed for increasing amounts of money to be spent to ensure sufferers and their families have the best possible services locally, and across the country.

Last year I hosted a Dementia Friends event in Fylde and invited a number of local businesses and public sector organisations to send staff to receive free training on how best to help those suffering from the disease.

I felt, and still do, that those who deal with members of the public on a regular basis would benefit from learning how to improve the daily lives of dementia sufferers.

Dementia Friends was launched by the Alzheimer’s Society in February 2013 to address the stigma and lack of understanding which has resulted in many people with the condition facing social exclusion or difficulties in their daily lives.

Nearly 1.3 million people have now become Dementia Friends and the charity believes it is the biggest social movement of its kind. I am proud to say that currently the north west of England has the most Dementia Friends with 87,760 people, followed by the east with 83,312 and the south east with 80,440. However, I believe more can, and should, be done.

With World Alzheimer’s Day upon us, I would echo the society’s appeal urging the British public to learn more about the symptoms of this terrible disease and how best to help those living with it, by becoming a Dementia Friend and persuading others to do the same.

I was delighted by the announcement last week that the Kuwait government has agreed to buy 28 Typhoon aircraft, which will help protect thousands of jobs in Lancashire.

The company is Fylde’s largest employer and its successes and difficulties are reflected by the local economy so I was delighted when the Defence Secretary, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, re-enforced the Government’s commitment to supporting Typhoon sales during a recent visit to the Warton site.

This deal proves that the most advanced new generation swing role combat aircraft available today is built here in Fylde and I am hopeful that this agreement will provide the much-needed momentum to help win contracts in other areas.

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP at Dementia Friends event he hosted in Fylde

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