Portsmouth MP supports dementia-friendly scheme to improve knowledge

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has pledged to take action and support those living with dementia.

Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, joined 200 other members of parliament and representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society, to improve help and awareness.

Mr Hancock said: ‘I was only too happy to help the Alzheimer’s Society when it came to Parliament this week.

‘This is an organisation that is taking real and positive steps in helping to make towns and cities dementia-friendly, so people with dementia can play a full part in their communities.

‘I will continue to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Society and encourage my parliamentary colleagues to do the same.’

The society’s campaigners were in Westminster to drum up political support for its Dementia Friends initiative, which was launched in February this year.

Dementia Friends aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

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 more than 130 MPs in one day.

To find out more about dementia support, or about the scheme, go to dementiafriends.org.uk