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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Posted by Parveen Hassan
| 13:12
Recently, Wealden MP Nus Ghani has become a Dementia Friend, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to increase understanding of, and engagement with those who have, dementia.

 Although dementia is not a natural part of ageing, and people as young as 30 can develop it, the vast majority of those with dementia are older. In East Sussex, one in four of the population is aged 65 and over and it is predicted that one in three people aged over 65 will develop dementia. That means that as many as one resident in every twelve in the county could suffer from the condition in the future.

By 2021 there will be over a million people living with dementia in the UK as a whole. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. 

Outlining her reasons for becoming a Dementia Friend, Nus said: “In our ageing society, with ever greater pressure being put on healthcare services and charities, how we respond to dementia is a vital humanitarian and social care issue, and increasing our understanding of dementia is key to providing the right response."

Further information about the Dementia Friends programme can be foundhttps://www.dementiafriends.org.uk