David Blunkett speaks at Alzheimer's event

Posted on 11 July 2011

Former home secretary David Blunkett has given a talk at a tea party event organised by the Sheffield branch of the Alzheimer's Society, which may benefit people who are choosing a care home.

Mr Blunkett, who is vice-president of the society, spoke about the difficulties some people face in caring for relatives who have dementia, the Sheffield Star reports.

"Early intervention and, where appropriate, medication can help and the onset of very severe dementia can be delayed for significant periods of time," he said.

The Sheffield MP went on to say that new memory clinics can help to identify whether problems with recollection indicate something more serious, which may provide older people with reassurance.

Mr Blunkett has been involved with Alzheimer's treatment since the 1970s, when he was in charge of social services in Sheffield.

According to a recent poll by the Alzheimer's Society, nearly a quarter of people say they hear jokes about dementia the most compared with other conditions.

Posted by Natalie Edwards



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