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Dementia and the impact of stigma

31 Aug 2017
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People living with dementia and carers experience embarrassing situations, feel strongly disconnected, feel less competent and sometimes feel useless, this survey has found.

94% of respondents who have a diagnosis of dementia felt that they encountered embarrassing situations as a result of their dementia, while almost 60% of carers who responded found themselves in embarrassing situations because they are caring for someone living with dementia.

What is encouraging is the same survey found one in two members of the general public are frustrated by their lack of understanding about dementia and want to know more about how they can help.

The survey has sparked calls for greater awareness and understanding of dementia by the general public so people living with the condition and their carers can be supported to feel less disconnected.

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