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  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: Dementia Friendly Carols by Candlelight

Northampton: Saturday December 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

A magical evening of 'Dementia Friendly Carols by Candlelight' is being held in Northampton this weekend.

The event, which is in consideration of the areas 8000 dementia patients -will feature traditional readings and winter treats as event organisers, The Alzheimer’s Society have organised a line-up of local musicians to take part.

Lively musical performances from Classical Reflection and the Northampton Male Voice Choir will take place at the All Saints Church.

There will be stewards on hand and clear signs in the venue to help people find their way around.

So help spread some charitable cheer and bring the whole family along for a magical evening and help transform the lives of people affected by dementia, all proceeds will be donated to helping improve their lives within the community.


Report: Carers 'devastated' at dementia centre closures

Carers who look after loved ones with dementia says they're devastated by a decision to close two day care centres for people with the illness.

Health bosses are to withdraw funding for the sites at Melton and Birstall in Leicestershire, which are run by Age UK. The charity told ITV News the centres provide invaluable support and are an important lifeline to carers. Rajiv Popat reports.

Figures show people in Nottingham affected by Dementia

Research by the Alzheimer's Society shows that 750,000 people in the UK have a form of Dementia and that more than half of those suffer with Alzheimer's disease.

Stats from 'Mapping the Dementia Gap' show thousands in Nottingham will be affected by the illness.

Number of people currently living with dementia / expected to have dementia by 2021:

  • Nottingham City: 2,631 / 2,874
  • Nottinghamshire: 8,625 / 11,768

In just fifteen years, it is projected that over a million people will be living with Dementia nationwide, with this figure set to soar to 1.7million by 2051.


  1. Chris Halpin

Four years for conman who preyed on dementia sufferer - full report

A conman who preyed on the vulnerable and elderly is tonight behind bars.

Robert Johnson led a campaign of intimidation against a 91 year old woman from Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham who has Alzheimer's disease - forcing her to hand over hundreds of pounds for work at her home he never completed.

He admited his crimes after he was shown CCTV footage of himself at the property doing nothing

Watch Chris Halpin's full report above.

Man jailed after conning 90-year-old dementia sufferer

Robert Johnson targeted the elderly lady after learning of her illness Credit: West Midlands Police

A man who conned a 90-year-old dementia sufferer out of hundreds of pounds by charging for work on her house he never completed has been jailed.

Robert Johnson from Shirestone Road, Birmingham targeted the lady after learning of her illness. He demanded money for fictitious jobs, using her failing memory to his advantage.

Solihull Police launched an investigation in February after the elderly lady's carer found discovered Johnson had let himself into the house asking the pensioner for £200.

Johnson admitted three counts of burglary and another of fraud by false representation. He was jailed for four years at Birmingham Crown Court on May 13th.

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