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Woman hailed as dementia 'ambassador' has benefits stopped

Joy Watson was hailed as an Credit: ITV Granada

A woman who was hailed by David Cameron as an "ambassador" for those living with Alzheimer's has had her benefits stopped by the Conservative government.

Joy Watson was diagnosed four years ago and had to give up her job as a carer.

Since then she's done work with organisations like the Alzheimer's Society to raise awareness of those living with the condition.

Joy, 59, says losing her benefits will cost her over 400-pounds a month. She's been speaking to our correspondent Rachel Townsend:

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Thousands take part in memory walk in aid of Alzheimer's society

Colin Appleby starts the walk Credit: Granada Reports

More than 7,000 people took part in a walk in Manchester to help fight Alzheimer's disease.

The memory walk in Heaton Park is an event organised by the Alzheimer's Society and it's the biggest of it's kind in the country. Similar events are being held right across the country and they hope to raise over 3 million pounds to help fight the disease.

Colin Appleby, who cared for his wife who had dementia, started todays walk.

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Lancaster University develops eye test that could help combat the risk of Alzheimer's

Around half the people in the North West currently living with Alzheimer's don't actually know they have it.

And just like cancer - the earlier you get a diagnosis, the better the outcome.

Now, scientists at Lancaster University have developed a simple test could mean thousands will get the treatment they need far sooner.

Scientists at Lancaster University develop eye test that could help combat the risk of Alzheimer's

Experts at Lancaster University have developed a simple eye test that could help combat the risk of Alzheimer's.

A study has shown that people with Alzheimer's have difficulty with one particular type of eye tracking test.

Its thought that the key to tackling and stopping the incurable brain condition lies in early detection.

Lancaster University develop eye test that could help combat the risk of Alzheimer's

Its thought that the key to tackling and stopping the incurable brain condition lies in early detection. Credit: PA

Experts at Lancaster University have developed a simple eye test that could help combat the risk of Alzheimer's.

A study has shown that people with Alzheimer's have difficulty with one particular type of eye tracking test.

Its thought that the key to tackling and stopping the incurable brain condition lies in early detection.