During Alzheimer’s Awareness Week 2-8 July 2000, the Alzheimer’s Society will be raising awareness of the problems that people with dementia may face in relation to food and drink.
The Society will be talking to those who have responsibility for the care of people with dementia about how food and drink – one of the most fundamental aspects of care and quality of life – can be improved in care homes, hospitals and in the community.
Michael Fabricant says "We have a higher population of elderly people living in the Lichfield constituency than many other parts of the country. But, sadly, as lives grow longer an increasing number of people are
suffering from dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. Only those with relatives and friends suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can understand how disruptive this can be.
"I am very happy to be supporting the Alzheimer’s Society in their campaign. Food and drink are essential to our quality of life. People with dementia in Lichfield deserve good quality food regardless of whether they live at home in hospital or in a care home. They and their carers need the right help and advice if they have problems with eating and drinking".
Harry Cayton, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society says: " I’m very pleased that Michael Fabricant is supporting Alzheimer’s Awareness Week. The week is all about improving the care of people with dementia and providing the right information and advice to their carers. We hope that as many people as possible will support us in this campaign".
– There are over 700,000 people in the UK with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. There are over 595 people with dementia in Lichfield
– Dementia affects 1 in 20 people over the age of 65 and 1 in 5 over the age of 80. Approximately one third of people with dementia live alone, one third with a family carer and one third in long term residential, nursing or hospital accommodation.
– The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading care and research charity in the UK for people with dementia and their carers.
– For information and advice on dementia and details of local branches and support groups, contact the Alzheimer’s helpline on 0845 300 0336 Mon – Fri 8.30 am to 6.30 pm.