On Friday, I hosted the first ever East Surrey Dementia Summit at Bletchingley Golf Club, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society. I am delighted that the event was attended by over 70 people, including local residents and healthcare professionals, and provided an opportunity to discuss in detail the issues surrounding this disease.
The event included a series of thought-provoking presentations, looking at different aspects of dementia. Speakers included Dr Jill Rasmussen, clinician and Royal College of General Practitioners’ Dementia Champion, as well as Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development at Alzheimer’s Society, who spoke about the latest research into dementia. It was also particularly eye-opening to listen to the experiences of Pippa Stanley, who has a type of dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy, and her husband Rob.
Dementia is an appalling disease, and I strongly welcome the Prime Minister’s decision to make tackling dementia a national priority. However, I believe that we can all do more to support those living with dementia in our local community and I will continue to work to raise awareness of this disease.
I am extremely grateful to everyone who attended, the panel of speakers for their presentations, and the Alzheimer’s Society, who helped to organise this event.