Getting health right for adults with LD

By on 21/06/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council's Adults and Communities directorate, with Midland Mencap and the city's three Primary Care Trusts, are hosting an event during National Learning Disability Week (21-27 June 2010) to promote Mencap's ‘Getting it right' campaign for equal healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

The free event takes place on Thursday 24th June at the New Bingley Hall at Hockley Circus from 10.30am to 2.30pm, there is no need to book, and people can just turn up on the day.

There will be a range of health and fitness activities on offer, including a penalty shoot out, yoga sessions, health checks and bicycle maintenance.

People with a learning disability are 58 times more likely to die before their 50th birthday than other people.

One of the reasons for this is that they generally experience poorer health; approximately a third have epilepsy and many are at a higher risk of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

However, research also shows that people with a learning disability are often discriminated against because of their disability and so do not receive equal healthcare treatment, with serious, even fatal, consequences.

Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities at Birmingham City Council, says:

“Health and fitness is important for all members of the community, we want people to come along, feel welcome, have fun and share their views as to how we can better support people with learning disabilities.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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