Dementia Debate(December 02, 2013)
MP speaks up for 'once in a generation' dementia opportunity in Westminster debate
Walton MP Steve Rotheram was amongst speakers in a special parliamentary debate last week that was held to mark the world's first G8 summit dedicated to dementia, which aims to spark a global response to the disease.
The debate, supported by leading dementia charity Alzheimer's Society, saw the issue of delivering lasting change for people with dementia put centre stage in Westminster. It was held to mark next month's G8 summit, which the UK will play host to. The summit is regarded as a once in a generation opportunity for leaders from across the world to to come together and coordinate global action to combat dementia.
Steve joined colleagues from across the House of Commons to debate the issues they believed the Government must use the summit to address, including the need for a substantial investment into research on dementia.
Steve, who lost his mother to dementia in 2002 explained, "One in three people in the UK are affected by dementia - but it's an issue that affects people not only here in Liverpool Walton, or in fact people in the UK, but citizens rights across the world. That's why a global response is so urgently needed, and the G8 summit will provide the platform for this to be launched. With the right commitment and investment from world leaders, a world without dementia really can be possible."
People in Walton who are affected by dementia can find information about local support services by visiting http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation. Alzheimer’s Society also provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22.