More than a thousand people have attended a Memory walk on Tyneside to raise awareness about dementia.
The Alzheimer's Society says there are 34 thousand people in the North East living with the disease.
The walk was started by Ruth and Lesley Crowe, the widow and daughter of former Newcastle player Charlie Crowe - who died of dementia.
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.
The charity thanked Ernest and his family for the gift, saying his legacy would fund 530 hours of scientific research.
One Primary school in Houghton le Spring is leading the way towards creating a Dementia Friendly Society.
Bernard Gilpin School is the only one in the North to take part in the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia and now it's opened it's doors to welcome sufferers in.
Watch Julia Barthram's report here.
Chair of Governors Bob Heron says that every school should be involved with the community. He says schools are not there to simply teach reading, writing and arithmetic.
One school in Houghton le Spring is leading the way towards a Dementia Friendly Society.
Bernard Gilpin School is the only one in the North to take part in the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia and now it's opened it's doors to welcome sufferers in.
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.
Inspector Morse and Lewis actor Kevin Whately and Karen Weech spoke to Daybreak about their struggle to find a care home for their mothers, who both had Alzheimer's.
Whately said too many people begin looking for a care home when they are in crisis and then become "stuck" looking at places that "won't do":
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.
A report has warned that people have such low expectations of care homes that they "settle for average".
According to the Alzheimer's Society, out of 1,000 relatives and carers surveyed:
- Just over 40 per cent believe their loved ones enjoyed good quality of life
- Less than 30 per cent said loved ones received a poor quality of life
A separate poll of 2,000 UK adults found:
- Two thirds feel the care sector is not doing enough to combat abuse in care homes
- Many said they feel "scared" at the thought of moving into a care home in later life