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NHS boss pledges to become 'a dementia friend'

Sir David Nicholson wrote on a wall to promise to training to become 'a dementia friend' Credit: ITV News/ Darren Burn

Sir David Nicholson has signed a wall at an NHS conference to "pledge to become a dementia friend," someone who is trained to help spot the early signs of the disease.

Dementia diagnosis concern, full report

New figures from the Alzheimer's Society show that, in some parts of the East Midlands, just four in ten people with dementia are being diagnosed with the condition.

The charity says it's disappointing that the number of cases being spotted varies so greatly between different parts of the region.

Our correspondent Peter Bearne has been talking to one woman who says health professionals repeatedly refused to accept her elderly mother had the disease.

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Dementia carers: 'Important to ensure each person's needs are recognised'

My career has allowed me to meet a number of servicemen and women and hear the amazing stories they have to tell. Although, I do not have an Armed Forces background, I have a strong interest in history and will soon complete an MA at Birmingham University on the Second World War.

"I have also seen for myself the effect a dementia diagnosis can have on veterans and their families, and am looking forward to ensuring that each carer's needs are recognised and adequately supported."

– Ben Upton, from Birmingham, will head the service as lead nurse

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