MP to host dementia session

FYLDE MP Mark Menzies will host a Dementia Friends session for people to learn more about helping those suffering from the debilitating illness.

Mr Menzies’ aim is for Fylde to become one of the UK’s first Dementia Friendly communities and the session is key to getting that project off the ground. He is also keen for the constituency to become a pioneer when it comes to dementia diagnosis and treatment and raised the issue during a private meeting with the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, before Christmas.

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Mr Menzies said: “The affects of dementia are something which many of us see every day, both at home and while out in public.

“But unless you have a family member who has had dementia it can be very difficult to know how best to help someone who may need assistance. I am hoping that by becoming Dementia Friends people will learn more about how to deal with these situations and it will take some of the mystery out of the illness.

“Dementia is something which isn’t going away and the Prime Minister has made tackling it one of the key priorities of this Government. Communities can help by making sure those with dementia receive the support they need from as many people as possible.

“I want Fylde to be at the forefront of this fight and would encourage people to learn more about the illness so they are able to help make sufferer’s lives easier.”

A Dementia Friend learns about what it is like to live with dementia and how to turn that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about helping those with dementia via social media, every action counts.

The free session will be held from 1.30 to 3pm on February 28 at the United Reformed Church Hall, St George’s Road, St Annes. It will last for an hour and half in total and once completed attendees will be official Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends and receive a badge and certificate.

Friends’ information sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions, who are volunteers who have taken the Dementia Friends Champions’ training.  Those attending will also learn about how to take the next step to become a Champion and organise sessions of their own to keep spreading the message.

Anyone who wishes to attend should contact Mr Menzies’ office on (01253) 729846 or register by emailing shirley.green@parliament.uk

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