Local MP, Sir George Young, today expressed support for people with dementia and their carers in Hampshire North West, in the run up to Alzheimer's Awareness Week.
The theme of the week, which will run from 4 – 10 July 2004, is children, younger people and dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will be using the week to help children and younger people understand what dementia is and how it might affect someone they know. The Society has produced new information for children including a video of children talking about dementia in the family, which will be shown in schools.
Sir George said,
'I am very happy to be supporting the Alzheimer's Society in Alzheimer's Awareness Week®. We all need to understand that dementia is caused by a disease of the brain and is not a normal part of ageing. We must help everyone – whatever their age – cope with the impact of dementia.'
More than 715 people living in Hampshire North West have dementia and more than three times that number are affected by the consequences. Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said,
'I’m very pleased that Sir George Young MP is supporting Alzheimer's Awareness Week®. Twenty-five years ago, the odds stacked against the Society’s survival were almost overwhelming. Today, we have achieved more than our founders might have believed possible. With so many people behind us, we will be able to continue our vital work to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.’
Notes for editors:
• The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers and celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2004.
• Over 750,000 people in the UK have dementia. More than half have Alzheimer's disease.
• Alzheimer's disease is a disease of the brain that causes memory loss, personality changes and physical disability.
• Dementia affects one in 20 people over the age of 65 and one in five over the age of 80.
• For information and advice on Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia call the Alzheimer's Society national helpline on 0845 300 0336 or visit the website at www.alzheimers.org.uk