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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd makes pledge in the fight against dementia

October 14, 2013 12:32 PM

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.

Stephen joined other MPs and representatives from the Alzheimer's Society at Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers. He pledged to help make his constituency more dementia friendly so people with dementia can play a fuller role in their community and to campaign for better dementia care in Eastbourne.

Stephen said: 'I was very happy to support the Alzheimer's Society's initiative. I have been working very hard with the big dementia charities to try to improve the conditions for sufferers and their carers through my role as Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia. One in three people over 65 will develop the illness, and it is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore. I will continue to fight for this and am really keen to support the Alzheimer's Society locally. With Sharah Noble's recent Memory Walk, her and others' enthusiasm to raise the issue locally is to be applauded."

Alzheimer's Society campaigners were in Westminster to drum up political support for their trailblazing Dementia Friends initiative that launched 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.

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 Stephen's support of our campaign. He has a huge influence in his local community and his support and determination to really make a difference in dementia is tremendous'.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.