James Brokenshire has given his support to the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign to get more people with the condition diagnosed and ensuring that we each play our part in helping those with dementia to live as comfortably and as independently as possible.
There are 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK and at an event at House of Commons James was able to meet some individuals suffering with the condition and to commit to support those affected by dementia. James has already become a 'Dementia Friend' learning about what things we can all do to make a positive difference to the lives of those with dementia. This included simple things like taking the time to listen and talk to sufferers and trying to understand how the disease impacts their memories and view of the world around them.
Commenting at the event, James said:
‘We all have a part to play in improving the lives of people living with dementia and, when I became a Dementia Friend, I learnt a great deal about the small things each of us can change in order to support those with the condition. There are around 1,324 people living with the condition in Old Bexley & Sidcup and ensuring that they receive appropriate care and support is an issue we absolutely cannot afford to ignore.
"I know from personal experience how hard it can be supporting someone with dementia. It's important we break some of the stigma and help more people to understand the disease so that they too can make a positive difference to the lives of people with the condition. We all have a part to play."