MP vows to do all in his power to help local dementia sufferers

MP John Hayes.
MP John Hayes.
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MP John Hayes is following up on the recent Dementia Awareness Week by calling on local authorities to see what more can be done for sufferers.

Mr Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, said: “I am delighted to support the Alzheimer’s Society campaign.

“It is partly about raising awareness of dementia, but also about ensuring that those who are suffering from it get the care and support they deserve.

“Though many of us think we know what dementia is, there is still an awful lot to learn.

“The awful statistic that one in three people over 65 develop dementia was shocking to me, and diagnosis remains critical.

“The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that only 48 per cent of people suffering from dementia in the UK have been formally diagnosed with it.

“In order to access the necessary support, diagnosis is essential.”

Mr Hayes has written to South Holland Council to ask what can be done in terms of home adaptations, so that dementia sufferers can be best supported and able to live in their own community.

“I am also planning a visit to a local dementia service in the area to get a first-hand glimpse of what a daily struggle life can be for those afflicted with it.

“This condition can be extremely difficult and distressing for both sufferers and their loved ones, and so improving the care available is major ambition for the Government in the coming years. I will do all in my power to improve services for sufferers in our area.”