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Local MP backs campaign for improved support for people living with dementia

A local MP has backed a campaign calling for increased support for people living with dementia.

Conservative Christopher Pincher – who represents areas including Shenstone, Hopwas and Fazeley – is one of 200 MPs who joined the Alzheimer’s Society’s ambassador Angela Rippon to meet families affected.

Alzheimer's Society ambassador Angela Rippon with Christopher Pincher MP

Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon with Christopher Pincher MP

The charity is calling on all parties contesting the general election to commit to raising awareness of the need for early diagnosis as well as improved support.

Mr Pincher said: “We all have a part to play in improving the lives of people living with dementia.

There are around 2,400 people living with the condition in Lichfield district and Tamworth – and many more who are in regular contact with family and friends with the condition. It is an issue we absolutely cannot afford to ignore.”

Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were in Westminster to urge MPs to make this election memorable for all those affected by dementia. The charity is striving to ensure that more people get a diagnosis and the support they need, that there is a doubling of spending on dementia research and that communities are encouraged to become dementia friendly to ensure people with dementia can live full and active lives.

While in Westminster, Alzheimer’s Society supporter Shelagh Robinson, 73, who was diagnosed with dementia five years ago, delivered a petition with 67,375 signatures to the Prime Minister, calling for everyone diagnosed with dementia to have access to a specialist adviser or support worker.

George McNamara, from the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Dementia is the biggest health and care challenge our country faces – one that all of society must respond to. By the end of the next parliament more than a million people will be living with dementia. There is unlikely to be a family in the country that is not affected.”

“We are pleased to have been able to engage over 200 MPs in one day.”

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