There are now more than 1,000 people living with dementia in Hartlepool but we know that many of them are not receiving the help they need.
In fact, three quarters of GPs feel their patients with dementia are not getting enough support from adult social services.
The result is that many unpaid family carers across the region are filling in the gaps.
That is why in the Alzheimer’s Society report, Dementia 2015: Paving the Way, we are calling for two things to happen.
Firstly, we need Mail readers to speak to their GP if they are worried about their memory.
It might be nothing, but if it is dementia then getting a diagnosis opens the door to support.
Secondly, we need to see more funding going to services for people with a diagnosis.
The support in the North-East is delivered by hard-working professionals.
It makes a tangible difference to people’s lives, but we need to go further.
The number of people with dementia is continuing to rise.
It is time for the Government to seize the momentum for change, and realise its ambition to make the UK a global leader on dementia care.
Regional media officer,