Worcester MP Robin Walker has this week joined other MPs at the Alzheimer’s Society’s Parliamentary photo exhibition at Westminster.
The photo exhibition brought people affected by dementia to the House of Commons to meet with MPs and peers. Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, a figure which is expected to rise to more than one million by 2021.
The exhibition told the stories of 12 families from across the country, all of whom have struggled to access affordable, good quality care. Alzheimer’s Society are looking to establish a Dementia Fund which would deliver better care in the community, improved quality of care service and reduced risk to care providers.
As Worcester’s MP Robin has been a passionate advocate for improving awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Robin has visited the Alzheimer’s Society’s Worcestershire HQ to take the Dementia Friends course that helps to familiarise people with how better to support people with Dementia and has been a long-time supporter of the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, the only centre in the UK where research is conducted relating to practical care for dementia.
Speaking after the event in Westminster, Robin said:
“There are around 8,306 cases of dementia in those aged over 65 in Worcestershire – and many more who are in regular contact with family and friends with the condition. It is an issue we absolutely cannot afford to ignore.”
“In Worcester we are blessed to have the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) as a designated research centre at the University of Worcester. The ADS are a multi-professional group of educationalists, researchers and practitioners who are expert in the field of person-centred dementia care and support people with dementia, their families and their carers inform the work of ADS at all stages.”
“It is my belief that we all have a role to play to improve the lives of those living with dementia and the work undertaken by Alzheimer’s Society and ADS has made a huge difference to the lives of those living with the condition, their families, and their carer’s. I strongly believe this is an issue that we can’t afford to ignore, and I will continue to support the best possible care for those living with dementia and investment in more research.”
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