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Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Northern Ireland Office is taking to highlight Alzheimer's Awareness week in Northern Ireland. [110907]

The Alzheimer's Awareness Week, which will run in Northern Ireland from 15–22 June 2003 under the title of "Mind your head", is a joint venture between the Alzheimer's Society and a leading bank. The aim of the week is to focus attention on what can be done to reduce the risk of dementia in the future. The Society is arranging various events to highlight the links between a healthy heart and a healthy brain and information and promotional material will be available throughout the week in the bank's branch offices.

Although not directly involved in activities during Alzheimer's Awareness Week, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety actively supports the Alzheimer's Society and has for many years provided the Society with grant aid towards its central administrative costs.