Aylesbury MP David Lidington this week pledged to raise awareness of Alzheimers within the constituency.
He joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Portcullis House, Westminster to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers.
Mr Lidington pledged to work with Alzheimer’s Society to improve support for people with dementia and to raise awareness in his constituency.
The Europe Minister said: “One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, and it is a health issue that we can no longer afford to ignore.
“I was pleased to meet with the Alzheimer’s Society to learn more about their work.
“It is important that we support those people who suffer from dementia to allow them to continue to lead as full a life as possible.”
Alzheimer’s Society campaigners were in Westminster to drum up political support for their Dementia Friends initiative that 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.
Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition.
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 over 130 MPs in one day.
“They have a huge influence in their local communities and we hope they will use this opportunity to take action and improve lives.”
If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.