It's a disease that can leave loved ones completely unrecognisable. But dementia - now on the rise - can be mistaken for old age.
Only 38% of people who have dementia in the South East are actually diagnosed.
A group of scientists are conducting research into whether the causes of dementia are linked to stress.
Scientists in Windlesham, Surrey are developing new drugs which could halt or even prevent Alzheimer's Disease. The research is taking place at the laboratories of pharmaceutical company Lilly. Their chief scientific officer Michael Hutton talks to Tom Savvides.
The NHS in East Kent has launched a consultation to improve care for older people with dementia and other mental health problems. The aim is to support more people with dementia to live well in their homes for longer.
There are plans to invest £600,000 in improving home treatment services and provide a round the clock dementia crisis service. It's hoped that hospital wards in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate will be remodelled too.
Roadshows are to take place at the following venues where you can find out more:
- 17 April: St Mary Bredin Church, Nunnery Fields, Canterbury. 10am - 12:30pm
- 17 May: The Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal. 10:30am - 12:30pm
- 14 June: Norman House Event Centre, Beaver Industrial Estate, Beaver Road, Ashford. 2:30pm - 4:30pm