Friday, September 20, 2013
Nick Harvey signs pledge with former Strictly judge.
NORTH Devon MP Nick Harvey has promised to help improve the lives of North Devon’s dementia sufferers.
Mr Harvey joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society – including former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips – to pledge their support people living with dementia, of which there are an estimated 1,600 in North Devon.
Earlier this year, he spoke at a Dementia Awareness Day event in Barnstaple, where he praised new initiatives to help sufferers and their loved ones, as well as the recent opening of the first Alzheimer’s Society office in Barnstaple.
Speaking after signing his pledge in Westminster last week, Mr Harvey said: “Dementia is a terrible disease which not only profoundly affects individuals but the people around them, too.
“Creating ‘dementia friendly’ communities is a brilliant way of raising awareness and knowledge in the community which can be turned into action.
“The Alzheimer’s Society has taken done some great work to put dementia in the spotlight, and this is supported by the increased funding the Government has put into dementia research.
“Together we can all help sufferers and their families across North Devon: dementia is a health issue that cannot be ignored.”