PEOPLE with dementia and their carers were given the chance to put questions about the disease to their MP.
Havant MP Alan Mak met nine people affected by dementia, plus representatives from charity the Alzheimer’s Society, at the United Reform Church, in Elm Lane, Havant.
I found my meeting with residents affected by dementia very informativeMP Alan Mak
People discussed a range of issues including dementia diagnosis rates, availability of services to help patients and carers in the area, and services such as dementia cafes and Singing For The Brain.
There are around 2,031 people living with dementia in Havant – but it’s predicted this is set to increase massively as people are living longer and diagnosis is happening earlier.
It’s one of the reasons why The News launched its Take Care Together campaign earlier this year.
The campaign has three aims – to raise the awareness of dementia, to increase the number of dementia friends and to ensure no patient or carer feels alone because of the brain disease.
It’s a campaign Mr Mak backs. He said: ‘I’m proud to back The News’ dementia awareness campaign. I found this meeting with residents who are affected by dementia very informative.
‘I am pleased that UK efforts on research have been world-leading. The government will be investing £300m in the next five years into dementia research.
‘The Alzheimer’s Society does brilliant work locally and I look forward to supporting their events in the future.’
The charity also felt the meeting with the MP was beneficial.
Amber Reed, manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Hampshire, said: ‘People affected by dementia are the experts on what it is like to live with the condition.
‘Their expertise helps inform the health and social care services they use, the development of research that improves diagnosis, treatment and care, as well as the services and amenities near them.
‘We believe people affected by dementia should be able to influence decisions which can affect their lives.
‘I think it was really great for the nine individuals to meet Mr Mak as it gave them a chance to discuss issues that face them in their day-to-day lives.’
To find out more, call (023) 9289 2035, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation