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Ski instructor struck down by dementia at age 31

Becky Barletta from Suffolk was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 31. Credit: Family photograph

A woman has been speaking of the rapid decline of her bubbly ski-instructor sister who's been struck down by dementia in one of the youngest cases doctors have ever seen.

Becky Barletta from Hundon near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk was diagnosed a year ago at the age of just 31.

Now she's been given just 10 years to live and is receiving around the clock care.

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Searching for a dementia cure

A Cambridge charity is at the forefront of the search to find a cure for dementia after pledging to spend 100 million pounds on research.

Alzheimer's Research UK today launched its Defeat Dementia campaign which aims to speed up the process of finding new treatments and preventions.

It came as the Prime Minister told a G8 summit a "big, bold, global push" was needed to beat the disease. Claire McGlasson reports.

  1. Luke Farrington

New dementia care home opened by Angela Rippon

In the UK alone there are more than 800,000 people with dementia and that's just the ones we know about.

By 2021 is estimated that number will go up to over a million so there'll be a growing need for specialist facilities.

The broadcaster Angela Rippon, an ambassador to the Alzheimer's Society, helped the cause by opening a new care home in Essex.

Click here to watch an interview with Angela Rippon

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

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