MP MATT Western lent his support to Dementia Action Week.
The Leamington and Warwick MP dropped by Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire’s Dementia Day Opportunities at James Court in Warwick on Friday May 19.
He toured the centre and spoke to staff, clients and Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire’s Chair of Trustees Gill Entwistle about the valuable activities and support offered to clients and carers by this local charity.
Running from May 15 to May 21, the Dementia awareness week focused this year on increasing diagnosis rates.
Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire encourages anyone who suspects that they, or someone they know, may have dementia, to book an appointment with their GP.
It is estimated that there are around 11,700 people in the area living with dementia, with just 6,500 of those having a formal diagnosis.
Memory loss is the most well-known symptom of dementia but other common symptoms include problems with thinking skills, disorientation, struggling to follow things, mood and personality changes.
An early and accurate diagnosis can provide access to support both for the person with the diagnosis and their carer. Such support may include therapies, groups, medicines and may increase entitlement to financial benefits.
Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire has a range of support for those who have a diagnosis of dementia.
To find out more visit www.ageuk.org.uk/coventryandwarwickshire or call 02476 231999.