Updated: Monday, 18th February 2019 @ 10:37am

‘Heart-breaking’: Oldham MP opens up about late mother’s battle with dementia

‘Heart-breaking’: Oldham MP opens up about late mother’s battle with dementia

By Andrew Bardsley

Dementia cases are set to increase around 25% by 2021 in Oldham alone, prompting an MP to describe her first-hand experiences of the disease.

In a backbench debate yesterday Debbie Abrahams told the House of Commons of her late mother’s battle with the illness.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society 2318 people suffer from dementia in Oldham, and that figure is predicted to rise to 2933 by 2021.

The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP said: “To watch Mum’s decline was nothing short of heart-breaking.

“In many ways we were very lucky because she remained physically well up until the last year of her life and relatively content, smiling and laughing, particularly around animals and children.”

Ms Abrahams’ mother – who had remarried and moved to the US in 1992 – passed away last September aged 74.

Nationally there is thought to be over 800,000 with some form of dementia, which is due to soar to 1.7million in 2051.

Ms Abrahams added: “My mum’s story is not unique. The stages in her decline, her experiences and the effects on our family are being replicated across Oldham, the UK and the rest of the world.”

David Cameron launched the ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative last November which aims to recruit more than one million people to assist those living with the disease.

But the Alzheimer’s Society recently criticised politicians for failing to make clear how cuts to health funding will affect social care in local communities.

Andrew Chidgey, Alzheimer’s Society Director of External Affairs said: “Our political parties must provide clarity on how the financial burden on people who need care will be reduced both now and in the future.

“We also need to hear how the gaping and expanding funding hole in social care is to be plugged. Only then can we guarantee that people will receive the care they need, at the right time and at the right price.”

More information about the disease can be found at alzheimers.org.uk or through the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

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