With an ageing population, many families in our region are experiencing what it's like to have a loved one - with dementia. And that's why, this evening, ITV's Emmerdale has a special episode. Viewers have watched the gradual demise of Ashley Thomas for several weeks and, tonight, the story shows how difficult life can be for the person living with the condition.
The interviewees are Iain MacLeod, Series producer; Charlotte Bellamy, who plays 'Laurel Potts'; and John Middleton, who plays Ashley Thomas.
There are more than 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia and that number is expected to rise. Now, families, charities and businesses in Kent are being recognised for the help and support they offer to those who have the condition. An awards ceremony, hosted by former newsreader Angela Rippon, has been taking place in Sittingbourne. Tom Savvides has been to meet one family who've been shortlisted.
Dementia can be a devastating illness, and one of its most common effects of course is memory loss. Often, sufferers recall the distant past more clearly than recent events. A care home in Sussex has created a special garden recreating the post-war era, to keep alive the memories of its dementia patients. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Dementia can be a devastating illness, and one of its most common effects is memory loss.
Often, sufferers recall the distant past more clearly than recent events.
Now, a care home in Sussex has created a special garden recreating the post-war era, to keep alive the memories of its dementia patients.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to Nosi Ncube, manager of Fairdene Lodge in Hove, and Warren Benbow, whose family made the project possible.
Dementia is a cruel illness, robbing families of their loved ones - or the person they once knew. Caring for a relative with the illness is physically and mentally draining, which is why a new trial in Oxford is aimed at helping carers.
In Oxfordshire around 65,000 people are helping to care for people with dementia
In Berkshire the figure is 72,000.
And in Hampshire there are approximately 131,000 friends or relatives looking after people with dementia.
Cary Johnston reports on the pioneering "Caring for Me and You" trial.
One in 14 people over 65 - and one in six over 80 - have dementia, but new research in our region is hoping to combat these devastating illnesses.
Some of this work is being done at the University of Sussex where a build-up of proteins on the brain is being studied. And in this Dementia Awareness Week members of the public have been invited to see their work close up.
Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Andy and Janet Gumbrill, Dr Karen Marshall and Prof Louise Serpell.
Life expectancy is rising with many of us living longer than past generations. So with an ageing population, pressure is mounting on councils and hospitals to provide services for the elderly. Now a fully dementia-friendly housing complex in Kent has opened. The council-run sheltered accommodation scheme is the first of its kind in Ashford. Tom Savvides talks to residents, councillor Paul Clokie and Elizabeth Taylor from Alzheimer's Society.
A grandmother who stole thousands of pounds from her dementia-suffering friend has received a two-year suspended jail sentence after appearing at Canterbury Crown Court.
Eighty-year-old Margaret Rigby stole £57,000 from her 'friend of 40 years' Barbara Lewis's bank account - to finance a lavish lifestyle - as she lay seriously ill with dementia and memory loss in a care home.
A 49-year old mother from Kent - diagnosed with a rare form of dementia - says she's determined to raise awareness of the condition.
The diagnosis means Lorayne Minahan, from Lydd, has between two and eight years to live. And she's determined to make the most of the time she has left. John Ryall reports.
The Government has pledged more than £300 million to be spent on research into dementia while all NHS staff will have to undergo training in the condition. The announcement was made by David Cameron while visiting a Dementia Friends / Alzheimer's Society event at The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire. The centre is located west of Thame in Oxfordshire.