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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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Charity creates virtual lab to raise awareness of dementia

Inside the virtual lab

A charity has launched a virtual lab to help people find out about research into dementia. Alzheimer's Research UK hopes it will raise awareness of the illness which affects thousands across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The Lab allows visitors to travel through three main research areas at the scroll of a mouse. Cisitors can watch videos and slideshows about how research is funded, and how unravelling the basics of diseases like Alzheimer's and frontotemporal dementia can help in the search for answers.

Lack of support forces people with dementia into care homes

There are claims that 4500 people in Yorkshire and the Humber with dementia could be forced into care unnecessarily. A study has found it is due to a lack of support.

The Alzheimer's Society has teamed up with Argos and Homebase to raise money to help people with dementia live at home for longer.

I'm so pleased my mother was able to be cared for at home but it was only possible with help from dedicated services. If you or a loved one have recently received a diagnosis or just don't know where to turn, I urge you to find your local service and read the Alzheimer's Society's top tips on living with dementia at home."

– Richard McCourt, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador

The Alzheimer's Society has tips about helping people with dementia and information about support services here.

Leeds school pupils support dementia charity

Doughnut bobbing James Coulson, Sara Bickler and Ellie Jones

Year 7 pupils at The Grammar School at Leeds have raised over £400 for a local charity by holding a Christmas bazaar during their lunch break. The money will go to Acorn, a charity which supports people who have a family member with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

When they were looking for a charity to support one of the pupils, Matthew Giles, came up with the idea of Acorn charity as his grandma has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

He said: “This is a cause which is close to my heart. Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain and confuses the sufferer making them forget things and where they are.

It is something which requires full-time care and can be very upsetting. I am slowly losing my Grandma but Acorn offers my family a lot of support, so I thought it would be a good idea to help the charity.”

On their Olympic match- up stall are from left to right: Matthew Giles , Millie Chowdhury, Jordan Okingo and Elliot Audsley
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