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Halton MP Derek Twigg supports the Alzheimer's Society
Halton MP Derek Twigg has pledged to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
He hopes to improve support for sufferers in Halton by working with the Alzheimer's Society.
He joined 200 MPs and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society in Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers.
Mr Twigg said: “Dementia affects a number of people here in Halton and they deserve to have proper support.
“One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, and it is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore.”
Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were appealing for political support for their trailblazing Dementia Friends.
This aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.
Alzheimer’s Society iims 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 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.”
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