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.
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.
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.
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.”
Chesterfield Royal Hospital has appointed two dementia assessment nurses. They will assess everyone over the age of 75 admitted in an emergency to see if they have signs of dementia. The hospital hopes that this will ensure that people who need it get early access to support.
There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, including more than 17,000 younger people, with 60,000 deaths directly attributable to dementia per year. Only 43% of people with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis.