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Health Secretary pledges to help dementia sufferers in Surrey
5:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
The Health Secretary is the latest person to pledge to make life better for people in Surrey with dementia.
Jeremy Hunt, MP for south-west Surrey, lended his name to help the push by Surrey County Council and three clinical commissioning groups to make the county more dementia-friendly.
About 15,000 people in Surrey aged 65 and older have dementia and in seven years the figure is expected to rise to more than 17,000.
Mr Hunt said: “I am delighted to be able to sign up as a dementia champion as part of Surrey County Council’s dementia friendly initiative.
“It is one of my main priorities as Health Secretary as I really think attitudes to dementia do need to change, it feels a bit like where cancer was in the 1960s, something everyone is afraid of but no one likes to talk about.”
To combat the stigma of the condition, free training sessions will be offered so friends and family can help their loved ones remain activity and independent.
For more information, visit surreyinformationpoint.org.uk.
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