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New research project to help prevent dementia epidemic

A new scheme has been set up to combat what has been called an impending 'dementia epidemic.'

Join Dementia Research will match dementia patients and their families who want to participate in studies with local clinicians.

Currently, researchers have to seek out dementia patients to aid their work in memory cafes and other places. The new scheme will provide them with a database of patients, carers, and families to work with.

Researchers are urging dementia patients to sign up for the scheme to help prevent the disease. Scientists say that every three minutes in the UK, someone is diagnosed with the disease - and it's said that in the next ten years, all of us will know someone who has it.

Chris Rhymes, who is a lead nurse in dementia research, spoke to Duncan and Gaynor: