Posted on April 10, 2015

Calls for more dementia support

Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, has declared that he will fight for more support for those who have been diagnosed with dementia. Mr Jones recently joined more than 200 other MPs and charity workers in Westminster to meet people who have been affected by Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Society has been campaigning for people to be diagnosed with the condition earlier and for the right support to be offered once a diagnosis has been made. Mr Jones said that everyone can do something to help those who have been diagnosed with the condition. It is estimated that more than 1,100 people in the north Durham area have been diagnosed with the condition and many more people have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed. As the number is growing all the time, Mr Jones feels that the issue of dementia support needs to be addressed. The charity is calling for the amount spent on dementia research to be doubled and for more to be done to make communities dementia friendly so that those who have been diagnosed can continue to lead active and full lives and to live independently for longer. The support of the MP has been welcomed by the head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer's Society, George McNamara, who highlighted the huge influence" Mr Jones has in the local area."
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