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Chazan: do not fear dementia

    The chazan of New North London Synagogue has spoken of his determination to live a normal life after he was diagnosed with dementia.

    Leslie Lyndon, 65, a retired accountant, was diagnosed with the progressive brain disorder three years ago.

    He spoke after a new awareness campaign was launched by the Department of Health following a survey which found that 32 per cent of people are uncomfortable around people with the condition.

    The poll also found that 53 per cent said they did not know enough about dementia to help someone who has it.

    The new campaign, called Living Well, employs real dementia sufferers to educate the public about the condition and how to help them.

    Mr Lyndon, who was open about his condition early on, now studies Jewish history at the University of the Third Age and runs two miles every day. He still leads parts of the services and continues some teaching at the East Finchley synagogue.

    He said: "It's not the end of the world."

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