MP supports Alzheimer Awareness Week

- Monday, 1st July 2002


Local MP, Peter Lilley, today expressed support for 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 7 - 13 July
2002, is ?Feeling the Pulse?. The Alzheimer?s Society will be focusing on
the importance of early diagnosis of dementia in order to access treatment
and services, and also how to support all people with dementia and their

Peter Lilley said:

"I am very happy to be supporting the Alzheimer?s Society in their Awareness
Week as they are raising a subject that needs to be brought out into the
open. The early detection of dementia is vital and should be publicised as
this is an issue that has the capacity to affect us all.?

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

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer?s Society, said:

"I?m very pleased that Peter Lilley MP is supporting Alzheimer?s Awareness
Week?. This week is all about how local dementia care services are changing,
and how the Society, together with GPs and other primary care professionals,
can provide information and support to everyone affected by dementia. Our
research shows that half of all carers delay visiting their GP after
thinking something?s wrong, the average delay is three years."



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