Dementia should not be associated with ageing

A global survey revealed that two-thirds of people think dementia is a normal part of ageing rather than a medical condition.

Currently, in the UK, 850,000 people are living with dementia and this figure is set to rise to over one million by 2025. Each year, dementia is thought to cost the UK economy more than £26 billion.

Yet, despite this high figure, there is still a huge gap in our understanding of dementia, the symptoms and what it means to live with it.

The globe poll of around 70,000 individuals found that 95 per cent also believe they could develop dementia in their lifetime.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, yet someone develops it every three seconds – it is a global health crisis.

“While dementia is affecting more and more people, it’s horrifying to hear that so many who have it are still experiencing terrible stigma as they simply try to get on with their daily lives.

“This is unacceptable and highlights the urgent need for us all to take action.”

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