With all of us living longer it is likely that many of us will face dementia in our lives, either in a loved one or ourselves. Mark is committed to taking action on dementia. He will continue to press for timely and effective care for those affected and for those who care for them at home.
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is the 21st Century’s biggest killer. In East and North Herts CCG there are estimated to be 6,424 people living with dementia. Having dementia can have a devastating impact on the day-to-day lives of people with dementia and their families, and could happen to any one of us, in any community. That is why we must all take action to tackle dementia.
There is currently no cure for dementia, and very few effective treatments. Funding for dementia research has lagged behind that of other major health conditions such as cancer or heart disease. Recently progress has been made, where £250million investment (including £50million from Alzheimer’s Society) has been committed into the establishment of the world’s first dementia research institute (DRI). But we still have a long way to go until we find a cure and understand how to care for people living with the disease.
Their mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. They are leading the way in policy research and pushing the government to support and research dementia. They also provide a great deal of online and practical support.
This is a brilliant idea which is proving popular with many people. Mark joined the group in Bishop’s Stortford and saw for himself the impact it can have.
The local Alzheimer’s society can find a place for you.
You can find local support here