Loneliness of dementia revealed

bbc.co.uk 3rd September 2013.

Communities need to look after people with dementia because too often they feel trapped and cut off from everyday local life, a charity says.

One in three people over the age of 65 develop the disease, but the Alzheimer’s Society says this large group is neglected by society.

It sought the views of 510 dementia patients and their carers.

A third of the patients said they left their home just once a week, and one in 10 said they got out only once a month.

Almost half avoided getting involved with local life because they felt they were a burden, and less than half felt part of the community.

A separate YouGov survey of more than 2,000 adults found most thought dementia patients’ level of inclusion of in the community was fairly or very bad.

The Alzheimer’s Society is campaigning for towns and cities to become “dementia-friendly”.

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