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Thousands walk for Alzheimer's

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.

Lesley and Ruth Crowe cut the ribbon Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The walk was started by Ruth and Lesley Crowe, the widow and daughter of former Newcastle player Charlie Crowe - who died of dementia.

Walkers set off across the Millennium Bridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"Memory Walk sees whole families coming together to fight dementia and is an excellent opportunity for people to get together and enjoy a day to remember whatever the weather. We want this year to be the biggest yet and to raise even more money to provide services and support to help people to live better with dementia today and fund research for a cure for tomorrow."

– Rebecca Scott, Alzheimer's Society Community Fundraiser
People could walk 2 or 10k Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The walk then headed off along the Quayside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle man leaves £10,000 to dementia charity

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.

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Charity calls on Government to improve care standards

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
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Report warns people 'settle for average' care homes

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
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Less than half dementia sufferers have a good quality of life

Fewer than half of the people suffering from dementia, who currently live in care homes, enjoy a good quality of life, a charity has warned.

The report from the Alzheimer's Society also found that record numbers of people in care homes have the condition.

Record numbers of people in care homes have dementia Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It said 80 per cent of people in residential care homes have either memory loss or dementia.

Previous estimates put the number of people with the condition at just over 60 per cent.

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