General Article Are you worried about dementia?

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Nearly two thirds of UK adults are worried about dementia, according to our poll commissioned jointly by Alzheimer’s Society and Saga Homecare, published this week to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week™.

  • 63% of UK adults say they are worried about dementia in some way (while 24% said they weren’t worried).
  • 61% are worried about either themselves or someone they know developing dementia in later life.
  • Yet despite their fears, and only 21% thinking they have a good knowledge of dementia, less than a fifth (16%) of people want to know more about the condition.
  • Although 18-24-year-olds are the most keen to learn more (25%) in comparison to only 15% of people aged 55 or over.
  • Only 18% of people realise dementia is a terminal illness.
  • And just 6% of people have a plan in place if a family member were to develop dementia (this includes only 7% of people aged 55 and over).

The poll, which questioned 4,276 UK adults over 18, found that those aged 55 or over are the most worried...

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