Dementia on the rise

Figures released today have show that there is an increase in the number of people in the North East and Cumbria who are being diagnosed with dementia.

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Dementia sufferer speaks about condition

Ron Shuttleworth suffers from dementia Credit: ITV

Ron Shuttleworth, from Ponteland, was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.

He suffers from short-term memory loss, but he jokes "He can't remember that."

His wife Maria says that many people are frightened of Alzheimers, but if they get diagnosed then life becomes much easier.

The couple are part of a 'memory group' in Hexham and also get support from Carers Northumberland.

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