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"People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand"

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

Do you understand dementia?

Alzheimer's Society research shows that 41% of people in the North East feel they have a role to play to support people with dementia, but only 48% feel they have a good understanding of the disease.

'Dementia Friends' is an initiative to help a million people understand how to speak sensitively to a person suffering from dementia. The project helps people to make those with dementia feel included and understood.


Lovenkrands raises thousands

Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands has raised more than 20 thousands pounds for the Alzheimer's Society through an online auction. The Danish forward lost his father Bent, to the illness two years ago.

He's been offering items from his Magpies' teammates via a fundraising page on the website JustGiving. They included Tim Kruhl's signed goal keeper gloves and a match worn number nine shirt from Papiss Cisse.


Newcastle players support Lovenkrands cause

Tim Krul donates signed shirt and photograph Credit: Peter Lovenkrands

A number of Newcastle United stars have donated items to support Peter Lovenkrands with his fundraising for Alzheimer's disease.

Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, and Papiss Demba Cisse are among the players who've given items including signed shirts, pictures, and other memorabilia.

Steven Taylor with a pair of his boots Credit: Peter Lovenkrands

So far, Lovenkrands has raised more than £18,000 for charity.

People who make donations on his JustGiving page have the chance to win these items.

Papiss Demba Cisse with signed shirt Credit: Peter Lovenkrands

Magpies star supports Alzheimer's charities

Peter Lovenkrands, with family, at St James' Park Credit: ITV

Newcastle United forward Peter Lovenkrands is offering his support to people with Alzheimer's disease.

The Danish international has been personally affected by the illness after his late father, Bent, suffered from Alzheimer's before his death two years ago.

Now the 32-year-old has raised more than £18,000 for charity, and is using his status as a Premier League footballer to increase awareness of the disease. Visit JustGiving for more details.

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