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New scheme to help find people with dementia who go missing

According to research, around three in every five people with dementia will go missing at least once during the course of their illness.

It can be a very frightening experience for them but also their family.

Now a new scheme, the first of it's kind in the world, is being piloted in the Thames Valley to help find people with memory problems who go missing.

Mel Bloor talks to dementia patient Ralph Burridge and his wife Jan, George Holland - the great nephew of missing Sussex pensioner Nellie Herriott, Dr Rupert McShane from Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust who came up with the idea, volunteer Naomi Manuel and Service Manager Deborah Ginns.

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REPORT: New treatments for dementia patients

As the elderly population grows the number of people suffering from dementia continues to be an ever-increasing issue. For sufferers, it's daunting enough having dementia but often they're in hospital for other ailments too.

Martin Dowse has been to one hospital where they're pioneering new ways to help people get through their time on the wards. He speaks to specialist dementia nurse Jeni Bell, Jan Gollop who's husband suffers dementia and Luisa Castle, dementia care provider.

People with dementia 'isolated and anxious'

Too many people with dementia in our region are living lonely and depressing lives according to a new survey by the Alzheimer's Society. It says dementia sufferers often find their friends desert them, and they become isolated and anxious

Others have to rely on family and neighbours for support, as Malcolm Shaw's been finding out. He spoke to Willem Van Der Valk, who has dementia and his wife Christine, neighbour Julie Shenton, and Linda Barnes from the Alzheimer's Society.

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