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Harlow MP lends support in dementia awareness week

News / Fri 29th May 2015 at 05:29pm

Robert Halfon DementiaHARLOW MP Robert Halfon joined Harlow’s Alzheimer’s Society to celebrate the incredible work the town’s volunteers do to support dementia sufferers and their families.

Monday 18 May marked a whole week of events all over the country as well as in Harlow to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and what this means for the people who affected by the illness, their families and the wider community.

Harlow is one of 85 towns all over the UK who are working towards becoming an officially recognised dementia-friendly community. Local authorities, charities, services and companies are working together to establish services that will support dementia sufferers and their friends and relatives through the difficulties they face.

On Friday 22 May, Mr Halfon visited Harlow’s Dementia Cafe in the Stow to present certificates to all the Alzheimer’s Society volunteers.

The Harlow MP said: “In 2013 I was really happy to support the initiative to make Harlow a dementia-friendly community. Seeing the volunteers and their dedication grow year after year makes me really proud of the wonderful people of Harlow. Dementia in all its forms is a terrible illness that dramatically changes the lives of those who suffer from it as well as the people around them. The Alzheimer’s Society volunteers ensure that all the people affected by dementia, directly or through a relative or friend, are not left alone but are supported by the whole community. I cannot thank the volunteers and the Alzheimer’s Society enough.”

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