Ellesmere Port & Neston MP Andrew Miller promises support for people living with dementia
Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
Andrew Miller joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Portcullis House, Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers.
Andrew pledged to help make Ellesmere Port and Neston dementia friendly so people with dementia can play a full role in their community and work with Alzheimer’s Society to improve support for people with dementia.
Andrew Miller commented: “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, it is a very difficult disease for the sufferer and also their family and friends.
“It can leave people isolated and vulnerable and is a health and social issue we cannot ignore.”
Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were in Westminster to drum up political support for their trailblazing dementia friends initiative that launched in February this year.
Dementia Friends aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition.
During the afternoon, Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer’s Society said: “Most people don’t know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends is the perfect opportunity to be able to invite everyone to improve their knowledge.
“We are pleased to have been able to engage over 130 MPs in one day. They have a huge influence in their local communities and we hope they will use this opportunity to take action and improve lives.”
If you are interested in becoming a dementia friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to dementiafriends.org.uk