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Tour de France memories recorded to help people with dementia

It's been a year since hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Yorkshire to watch the world famous cycling race the Tour de France. To mark the anniversary a charity is using some of the amazing memories created over that weekend to help people with dementia as Sarah Clark reports.


Conference discusses plans to make Lincoln 'dementia friendly'

A conference is being held today aimed at making the city of Lincoln 'dementia friendly'.

Nationally around one in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and in Lincolnshire alone it is estimated that over the next ten years the number of people living with some form of dementia will rise by forty per cent.

Gill Collins from Dementia Action Alliance says it is vital people are more aware of the condition:

Emmerdale stars support Dementia campaign

Over two and a half thousand people have taken part in a walk in Leeds to help raise awareness for those suffering from dementia. Emmerdale star Adele Silva, whose grandma sufferred from dementia, officially started the walk in Roundhay Park alongside former Emmerdale actor Mathew Bose. They explain why they back the campaign.

Research criticises support for dementia patients

It has been claimed that dementia patients are not being given enough guidance after they have been diagnosed with the condition.

Research by the Alzheimer's Society has revealed that one in five feel they were given no support at all.

Eileen Jaques from York was diagnosed two years ago. She and her husband say they are unsure about elements of her condition and do not know if they should be living their lives differently:


Leeds dementia campaigner meets PM

A man from Leeds who has been campaigning to make his local community more dementia friendly met the Prime Minister this afternoon to discuss how his ideas could be used across the country.

Peter Smith's local MP Alec Shelbrooke organised the visit to see how his work to make businesses more understanding could be used nationally.

Concern over relatives driving with dementia

The onset of dementia and a general decline in the power to think clearly is the greatest concern that families have about elderly relatives driving, according to recently compiled research.

In Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, nearly half of all people are worried about it, a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has found.

Forty-two per cent of people who have concerns about an older relative driving have tried to discuss this with them.

Kate Bunkall reports:

Families urged to stop Alzheimer's patients from driving

The families of people with dementia are being urged to encourage their loved ones to give up driving, because of the potential dangers.This includes the threat to their own lives, and those of others on the roads.

Alzheimer's affects 800,000 people in this country, and before diagnosis and even after - some sufferers are still driving when they should not be behind the wheel.

A survey by a road safety charity has found a decline in the cognitive abilities of older motorists was the biggest worry for more than half of those questioned.

When David Orr was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his family convinced him to stop driving.

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