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World Alzheimer's Report 2012 Reveals Stigma and Social Exclusion are Major Barriers for People With Dementia and Their Carers
Date:9/20/2012

LONDON and NEW YORK, September 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • 75% of people with dementia and 64% of family carers believe there are negative associations for those diagnosed with dementia in their countries
  • 40% of people with dementia report they have been avoided or treated differently
  • Report provides 10 key recommendations for governments and societies to include people with dementia into everyday activities

The latest World Alzheimer Report entitled: Overcoming the stigma of dementia, released today by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) reveals that nearly one in four people with dementia (24%) hide or conceal their diagnosis citing stigma as the main reason. Furthermore, 40% of people with dementia report not being included in everyday life. What is startling is that nearly two out of three people with dementia and their carers believe there is a lack of understanding of dementia in their countries.

The World Alzheimer Report 2012 provides 10 recommendations to enable governments and societies to overcome stigma, including greater public education, with nearly half of the survey respondents indicating education and awareness as a huge priority. Another key point is to encourage people with dementia to share their experiences and to ensure that they are included in everyday activities.

Nicole Batsch, co-author World Alzheimer Report 2012, comments, "Stigma remains a barrier to making progress in all other dementia initiatives, such as improving care and support for people with dementia and family carers and funding for research. The Alzheimer 2012 report reveals that people with dementia and carers feel marginalised by soc
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SOURCE Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)
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