ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS WEEK

- Saturday, 25th June 2005

 

 

25/06/2005
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"Think Again" urges Peter Lilley

Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today gave his support to people with dementia and their carers in Hitchin and Harpenden in the run up to Alzheimer?s Awareness Week.

The theme of the week, which will run from the 3rd to the 9th July, is ?Think again?, and the Alzheimer?s Society will be focusing on the issues that affect younger people with dementia. These include financial and employment issues.

Peter Lilley said: "I am very happy to be supporting the Alzheimer?s Society during Alzheimer?s Awareness Week. When we think of dementia we usually think of older people and it is important to remember that dementia can affect anyone at any age.?

More than 750 people living in Hitchin and Harpenden have dementia and more than three times that number are affected by the consequences.

Neil Hunt, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer?s Society said: "I am delighted that Peter Lilley is supporting Alzheimer?s Awareness Week. The week will invite us to think again about how we should be supporting younger people with dementia and their families.?


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The Alzheimer?s Society is the UK?s leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers

Over 18,000 people under 65 have dementia

Over 750,000 people in the UK have dementia
 
Dementia affects one in 20 people over the age of 65 and one in five over the age of 80

For information and advice on Alzheimer?s disease or other forms of dementia call the national Alzheimer?s Helpline on 0845 300 0336
 
For further information or to find out more about Alzheimer?s Aware Week and what is happening in your area, please contact the press office on 020 7306 0813/0839

 

 

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