Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is supporting Dementia Awareness Week to highlight the support available to those living with dementia. This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Learning just a little bit more about dementia can make a big difference to people living with the condition. At present it affects nearly a million people in the UK, including 3,600 in the City of Wolverhampton. This is expected to double by 2040 in part because of rising life expectancy.

This year, the key theme of Dementia Awareness Week is making sure nobody faces dementia alone. I am therefore encouraging people in Wolverhampton to support the great work done by the Alzheimer’s Society’s to improve awareness locally. I am very pleased that the Council has helped to organise a number of events this week to better inform people about dementia.

Emma said, “It’s very important that people living with dementia feel recognised, valued and supported in their local communities. The stigma that still surrounds the condition needs to be tackled. It is also vital that the government invests more in a strategy to improve dementia care.

“I am pleased that rates of diagnosis have risen in recent years. But diagnosis rates for dementia have historically been low meaning many people have not received the appropriate care and treatment. Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face as our society grows older. Though we have made some good progress over the last few years, there’s still a long way to go in our fight to combat this condition and the affect that it has here in Wolverhampton and across the UK.”

If you or a family member want to find out more about the support available, you can do so here: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week

May 2018