Pioneering dementia-friendly community in Bruges
20 February 2013 Last updated at 10:15 GMT
An estimated 800,000 people in the UK live with dementia, a condition that can deprive them of their memories and alter their personalities.
As the number of people with the difficult-to-diagnose condition continues to rise each year, ways of dealing with it become ever more important.
The Belgian city of Bruges has been recognised as a pioneer in the issue, as Jenny Hill reports.