Join Rutland's great dementia conversation with MP and popular TV and radio presenter

By Evie Payne

2nd Apr 2024 | Local News

The meeting will take place at Victoria Hall, Oakham, on 20 April. Image credit: Victoria Hall.
The meeting will take place at Victoria Hall, Oakham, on 20 April. Image credit: Victoria Hall.

Alzheimer's Society members and former carers will launch the Melton and Rutland MP's campaign aimed at improving local dementia care.

MP Alicia Kearns is working towards improving and understanding local dementia care, and has been joined by a former TV and radio presenter and his wife, who met while caring for their spouses.

John and Nula married in 2016 after meeting while caring for their spouses, who both had dementia. John was a much-loved presenter of Classic FM and one of the country’s most popular television reporters and newscasters, and he is joined by his wife at an upcoming event with the local MP. 

Ms Kearns said: "Their talk will be a fascinating opportunity to hear their inspirational story and start a conversation about dementia in Rutland, as we aim to make our communities dementia friendly and better support those living with dementia locally. 

"It’s free, so do come along! To ensure there is enough seating for all, please do register your interest here."

The MP added, "If you have a few spare minutes, I would also be very grateful if you could answer a few short questions in my dementia awareness survey."

Over the last few months, Alicia Kearns has been working "behind the scenes on ways to improve our understanding of dementia, as well as our diagnosis rates in Rutland by making our communities more dementia friendly and supportive of those living with dementia in our county. I hope you can join us at this event."

The talk will take place on Saturday 20 April 2024, when John and Nula Suchet will officially launch Alicia Kearns MP's campaign to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Rutland.

Alicia's campaign is aiming to drive up dementia awareness, increase diagnoses in Rutland and put in place long-term, sustainable initiatives.

Figures from the Alzheimer's Society show that the dementia diagnosis rate in Rutland is just 52.7%, compared to the current rate for England which is 64.5%.

Alicia Kearns, Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton, said: "Our dementia diagnosis rates in Rutland are sadly below the national average.

"It is so important that we improve our understanding and awareness of dementia, so we can increase diagnoses and ensure the right support and care is in place.

"I hope that John and Nula's inspirational story will start the conversation about dementia in Rutland as we aim to make our county a dementia-friendly place to live."

The event will take place from 12.30pm until 1.30pm at Oakham's Victoria Hall on Oakham High Street.

The talk is open to the public and free to attend. Members of the public are encouraged to register their interest for the event here.


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