Earlier this week Stephen attended an Alzheimer’s Society event for parliamentarians to learn more about the issues affecting people with dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is the 21st Century’s biggest killer.
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. In recent years progress has been made, with £250million investment (including £50million from Alzheimer’s Society) committed to the establishment of the world’s first dementia research institute (DRI).
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, and therefore we must ensure people with dementia are involved in the government’s forthcoming consultation on a long term solution for social care.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: "In Newham there are estimated to be 1,424 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".