Earlier this week, new MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston Neil O’Brien, attended an Alzheimer’s Society event for parliamentarians to show his support to people suffering with dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is the 21st Century’s biggest killer.
Neil O’Brien said: “In East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG there are estimated to be 4,471 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.
Dementia and social care is another important issue, on which the Alzheimer’s Society is campaigning on. We cannot talk about social care without talking about dementia: currently 65% of social care places are used by people with dementia. The majority of care a person with dementia receives is social care; therefore it is important that in the government’s forthcoming consultation we create a system that works for people affected by dementia.
As your MP I am committed to taking action on dementia. If you are personally affected by dementia then please visit Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia connect website where you can find the services they provide near you. Or you can call their helpline on 0300 222 11 22.”