Recently MP Hazel Blears spoke at the Alzheimers Society North West Annual Conference where she gave a presentation on her personal experience of dementia.
Hazel Blears’ mother, Dorothy Blears, had dementia for nine years before passing away at the age of 79 last month. Dorothy inspired her daughter to campaign for people with dementia and to raise awareness of the disease.
Hazel is working towards getting all MP's to be more dementia aware and she is leading by example and by making her own constituency office dementia friendly.
We have been working with Hazel to update all the signage within her office and create a more dementia friendly environment.
There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. There is a perception that dementia only affects older people but there are over 17,000 people under the age of 65 with the disease in the UK.
Peter Rose, Director at Find, said “Dementia affects every aspect of a person’s life and our mission is to make things easier for them. It is essential to increase the awareness of what dementia means and of the care and support people need. Such a campaign needs influential people like Hazel and this is why we wanted to help make her office an example of a dementia friendly environment.”
Hazel Blears isn’t the only MP who is changing her office to be more dementia friendly as Norman Lamb has quickly followed suit and also approached Find.
Peter Rose said “We know changes like this are incredibly important and we’re so pleased to be invited to work with Hazel Blears and Norman Lamb to create their dementia friendly offices. We hope all MPs will take this initiative on-board to promote dementia awareness and promote dementia friendly initiatives throughout their communities in all manner of public places.”