To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, Catherine McKinnell MP joined Alzheimer’s Research UK at an event in Parliament to show her support for dementia research.
In the UK nearly 1 million people are living with dementia, and it is one of the leading causes of death. We all know someone affected by dementia. It has a devastating impact on individuals and their loved ones.
Not only does dementia cause harm and heartbreak to millions of families, but it is also placing huge strain on our health and social care system. The economic cost to the UK of caring for people with dementia is estimated to grow from £24bn in 2014 to £59bn by 2050.
Historic global underinvestment means that while dementia research is making progress, it still lags far behind research into other major conditions. The additional investment provided by the Dementia Moonshot, could transform dementia research in the UK and even help to find a life-changing treatment.
Catherine met in Parliament with representatives from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the country’s leading dementia research charity, as well as people impacted by the condition
Following the event, Catherine commented, “I was delighted to join Alzheimer’s Research UK to show my support for their work to help find preventions, treatments and, one day, a cure for dementia.
“With nearly 1 million people in the UK living with dementia having a devastating impact on them and their families, It is vital that we increase investment in research to help make the progress needed to end the fear, harm and heartbreak caused by dementia.”