Dementia - Message Not Getting Through

Dementia - Message Not Getting Through

A survey by Alzheimer's Research UK has found that only a small proportion of people are able to name key risk factors of dementia, despite a wealth of information being available these days.

Only '1% were able to name the six known risk or protective factors for dementia'.

These are:

  • smoking
  • heavy drinking
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • genetics

Many of those questioned believed that dementia is 'an inevitable part of getting older', which is incorrect. Only around a third felt dementia risks could be reduced compared with far higher results for the same question regarding heart disease and diabetes.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK stated:

'despite growing dementia awareness, there was still a lot of misinformation'.

'It is a sad truth that more people are affected by dementia that ever before and half of us now know someone with the condition'.

The study also found that 'those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and adults under 24 and over 65' were most likely to have a lesser knowledge of dementia.

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bbc news online /6th February 2019

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