On Tuesday 17 March Mark Hunter pledged to make this election memorable by taking action to support the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK.
Mark Hunter met with representatives from Alzheimer’s Society and people with dementia, and committed to support those affected by the condition. Mark also backed Alzheimer’s Society’s general election campaign that is calling for more people to get the dementia diagnosis they need and for everyone to be properly supported afterwards.
Alzheimer’s Society supporter Shelagh Robinson, 73, who was diagnosed with dementia five years ago, delivered a petition with 67,375 signatures to the Prime Minister. The petition calls for everyone diagnosed with dementia to have access to a Dementia Adviser or Support Worker – a named contact who can help them come to terms with the diagnosis and guide them through the complex health and social care system.
Commenting afterwards, Mark said:
‘We all have a part to play in improving the lives of people living with dementia. There are around 1,500 people living with the condition in Cheadle constituency - 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.’