MP hosts Dementia Friends event

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies spoke about the importance of caring for others within your community during a Dementia Friends event he was hosting.

More than 60 people gathered at the St Annes United Reformed Church Hall on St George’s Road for the session, which was aimed at giving people a better understand of what life is like for those living with dementia.

Mr Menzies organised the meeting as he believes dementia is one of the biggest health issues facing the people of Fylde in the coming years and he is determined to ensure people support each other and that the best care is available to local residents.

The session saw a representative from the Alzheimers Society come along and give out more information about the condition and how to recognise the signs of dementia.

Following the event, Mr Menzies said: “I took part in a Dementia Friends session in Parliament some time ago and found it extremely useful.

“I want Fylde to be recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community and to be a centre of excellence for treatment and support for those with the condition and their families and carers.

“It was fantastic to see such a good turn-out for the event, from people who felt strongly about supporting those in their community to others who had loved-ones with dementia.

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“We had people attend who work in local banks, solicitors, firefighters and police officers, as well as staff from Fylde Borough Council and local elected members. These are all groups and professions which deal with members of the public on a day-to-day basis and I know they found the session extremely useful.

“A few said they would now be going on to take the Dementia Friends Champions course so they can keep spreading the message for better dementia care.

“Many people in our communities suffer in silence with dementia but say it leaves them feeling lonely and isolated, these sessions are designed to help change that.

“The Prime Minister has repeatedly said Britain needs to do more to make life better for those people, while also supporting research into the disease. By working together we can hopefully make a positive impact on the lives of the many people affected by this terrible condition.”

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