A Newcastle United fan has left more than £10,000 in his will to fund research into dementia - because he was always scared of the illness.
Ernest Brown, who lived in Heaton, died at the age of 82 after a stroke. His great nephew Tom Hanson said his grandfather had donated the money to Alzheimer's Research UK because he had always worried about developing it, although he never did.
"Ernie was a very sociable man. He loved chatting to people and telling stories. One of his worst fears was losing the ability to communicate."
– Tom Hanson
The charity thanked Ernest and his family for the gift, saying his legacy would fund 530 hours of scientific research.
75% of people in the North East fear living in a care home, according to an Alzheimer's Socierty poll. But Angela Drake from County Durham isn't one of them. She says she had excellent support from Bowburn Care Centre before her father passed away.
A charity is calling on ministers and the care sector to work together to boost care standards.
They are asking for an improvement on public understanding about quality of care dementia sufferers are offered.
Society has such low expectations of care homes that people are settling for average. Throughout our lives we demand the best for ourselves and our children. Why do we expect less for our parents? We need Government and care homes to work together to lift up expectations so people know they have the right to demand the best.
– Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society
The Alzheimer's Society is encouraging people to learn about dementia in order to make those suffering from the disease feel included and understood.
"People with dementia want to remain independent and engaged in their communities by continuing to socialise with their friends and family and be as active as possible. As the brain gradually shuts down, people with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community which is why the Dementia Friends initiative is of such importance and will help to improve the quality of life for someone living with dementia."
– Caroline Burden Area Manager for Alzheimer's Society in North East and Cumbria