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People in North Yorkshire Find Talking About Dementia Difficult.


7:32am 22nd May 2013

Almost half of the people in Yorkshire and the Humber (42%) would find it difficult to tell their families if they thought they had dementia, according to a poll commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society published today (Tuesday 21 May).

The YouGov survey – released to mark Dementia Awareness Week™(19-25 May 2013)  - found that 42% of people in Yorkshire and the Humber agreed that they would find it difficult to tell their families if they thought they had dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is today warning that this could mean up to half a million people* are struggling in silence without even their own families for support.

In addition, talking to those we think might have the condition is even more of a concern say the Alzheimer’s Society. 51% of people in the region agreed they would find it difficult to broach the subject of dementia with someone they knew if they were worried they were developing the condition, add the Alzheimer’s Society.  Today Alzheimer’s Society is publishing It’s time to talk about dementia, a booklet that provides tips on starting a conversation about the condition.

Helen Foster, Alzheimer’s Society North Region Operations Director, said:

‘It is saddening that dementia is still a condition that many of us would prefer to keep quiet about, especially from our own families. 90,000 people in the region are currently living with dementia, and thousands more are affected by the condition in some way, whether it is a family member or a friend.

‘Talking can be an important step in changing things for the better.  With two thirds of people with dementia living at home, it’s not just friends and families who need to be more open about dementia, but the wider community  too. The more we know about dementia, the more prepared we’ll be to face it together. This Dementia Awareness Week™ find out more, talk to us and join the dementia conversation at alzheimers.org.uk/talkdementia.’

Staff and volunteers from Alzheimer’s Society will be holding local awareness and fundraising events throughout the week.

You can download It’s time to talk about dementia and find out more about Dementia Awareness Week™ at alzheimers.org.uk/talkdementia.

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