Local MP Sadiq Khan joined former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Arlene Phillips to pledge to take action to help Alzheimer’s Society support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK. Arlene Phillips works closely with The Alzheimer’s Society as an ambassador to support their fight against dementia, and has spoken openly about her own experience caring for her father, who suffered from the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Society was in Westminster to drum up political support for their innovative ‘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 practical ways to help those suffering with the disease. 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.
Sadiq Khan pledged to work with the Alzheimer’s Society to improve support for people with dementia. He is also hosting a healthcare coffee morning in Tooting on Friday 27th September – to provide local residents with health and wellbeing advice. The Alzheimer’s Society will be there to provide information about the support they provide. If Tooting residents are interested in attending the coffee morning, please email email@example.com.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia – and it is a health issue we can no longer carry on ignoring.
“It is important that those suffering with the disease in our community have all the support they need. I will be working closely with Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends to facilitate this.”
“Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to attend my health and wellbeing coffee morning at the end of September.”