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We must face up to the realities of dementia

Published 16/05/2016

I urge your readers to find out how to confront dementia during this year's Dementia Awareness Week (May 15-21).

I know how disturbing dementia can be because my sister Lena developed the condition before she died six years ago at the age of 77, so my heart goes out to everyone affected by it.

Some 850,000 people live with dementia across the UK, so almost everybody will know someone who has been affected.

Alzheimer's Society, which I proudly support, says "life doesn't need to end when dementia begins", but that can only be the case when we all start to confront dementia, rather than let it dominate our lives.

I would ask anyone worried about it to contact the Alzheimer's Society national dementia helpline on 0300 222 1122, or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW.

GLORIA HUNNIFORD

Ambassador, Alzheimer's Society

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