A new campaign has been launched today to try and increase early diagnosis rates for dementia.
More than 75,000 people have the condition in the East of England but half of them don't even know it. Anglia News has been talking to one family from Bedfordshire to hear how they are living with dementia.
Hannah Gardener's mum is still alive but Hannah can't help feeling she has lost her. Susan Salisbury was in her early fifties when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's just three months after Hannah had her first child
At the University of Cambridge Dr Leila Luheshi is one of those whose work will beneift from the extra funding. She's examining how the build up of toxic proteins in the brain is linked to the onset of dementia.
Now Alzheimers Research UK is giving an extra £5.5 million to help research.