Fylde MP Mark Menzies has pledged his support for a G8 global dementia research strategy to help defeat the illness.
The plight of sufferers is a cause close to the MP’s heart as he is currently attempting to have Fylde recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community and is in the process of organising training for those who work with members of the public to recognise the signs act accordingly.
He said: “The fact that dementia is a key priority at such high levels shows how seriously this debilitating illness is being treated by governments the world over.
“I am currently doing what I can to make things better for those suffering from dementia on a local level, through the Dementia Friendly Communities programme.
“But research holds the key to truly improving life for the millions of people around the world living with dementia.
“I am determined that Fylde becomes a pioneer when it comes to dementia diagnosis and treatment and raised the issue during a private meeting with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP, just before Christmas.
“This is a battle which will only grow in significance in the future and we cannot afford to be complacent now.”
The recent G8 summit discussed an ambitious level of international coordination and action against dementia through research.
In response, a new £3m Dementia Consortium was launched, with the aim of speeding up the development of new drugs to combat dementia.