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Im urging Walsall South people to support dementia awareness campaign

January 15, 2015

Dementia Friends

I have called on people in my constituency to back a new campaign raising awareness into the challenges associated with dementia.

There are more than 1,100 people in the constituency suffering from the condition, many without a support network to help them.

People with dementia may feel sad, frightened, frustrated or angry about what is happening to them.

Anyone who has seen the torment people go through when one of their loved ones slowly succumbs to dementia will know what a shattering condition it is, not just to those who suffer from it but for the burden it places on relatives and friends.

I want to help in any way that I can to help those with the condition, and I hope that the good people of Walsall South will want to join me.

This is why I am giving my backing to Dementia Friends; a fantastic organisation that is doing a lot of good work to try and help raise awareness about the condition. It has called on MPs and Parliamentary Candidates to support their work and I am only too happy to help out.

The organisation operates in towns and cities throughout the country, encouraging people to become Dementia Friends and arranging information sessions where people can learn more about the illness and how they can help.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what living with dementia is like and then turns that understanding into action. Small actions can make a big difference.

So far more than half a million people have become Dementia Friends and I am proud to be one of their latest recruits.

I have also decided to arrange an Information Session in my constituency to help spread the word about the good work done by Dementia Friends.

The sessions are held at a time convenient to all participants and are attended by a specially-trained volunteer Dementia Friends Champion who will then deliver the meeting.

This will build understanding of the needs of people with dementia, show how to important it is to empathise with them and suggest simple ways to make life easier for them.

The information session will take place on Wednesday February 25, between 10am and 11am, at the Walsall South Conservative Office, The Bridge, Walsall WS11 1LU.

The meeting, which is free to attend, will be open to the public and those wanting more information should contact me on SueArnold@walsallsouth.co.uk

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