Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, hosted a public meeting to discuss dementia research in the town last Friday (February 7th).
Held in conjunction with the charity Alzheimer's Research UK, the event attracted more than 100 people, with hot topics of discussion including the government's pledge to increase dementia funding by 2025.
Keynote speakers included Dr Scott Miners, a scientist with the Dementia Research Group at the University of Bristol, Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK and Vicki Graham, a dementia champion whose husband was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease when he was just 59.
Mr Graham said the response to the event was very positive, but more still needs to be done to ensure people are aware of the condition's severity.
"With over 7,000 people in Gloucestershire living with dementia today, the need for treatments that can improve quality of life or slow or stop dementia cannot be overstated," he added.
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