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Across the UK, 850,000 people are living with dementia – and soon, if predictions are correct, there will be a million.

Here, some of them, and their families, share their tips for living with the condition, how to talk to people with dementia and how they have learned to adjust to their changing brains.

Don’t talk down

Tommy Dunne, who has Alzheimer’s disease, says: “If someone said to me, ‘How would you communicate with a person with dementia?’, I’d say the first thing you want to do is talk to the person, not the dementia.