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.
More top news
The singer's solo tour kicks off in Edinburgh in April and will see him play venues across the UK and Ireland.
The prisons watchdog has flagged up high levels of violence and severe drug problems at a large men's training jail.
As the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrate 70 years together today, a Gateshead couple are also in their platinum anniversary year.