Survey reveals half of Britons can’t name causes of dementia

NEARLY half of the UK aren’t able to identify any of the seven risk factors shown in dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK found that in a survey of over 2,000 people, almost half of them could not name a factor which leads to dementia.

The risk factors include heavy drinking, smoking, high blood pressure and depression.

In 2017, it was estimated that over 850,000 people live with dementia, a number predicted to rise to over a million by 2025.

Fifty Two percent of Britons say it’s one of the biggest health problems affecting people today.

The aim of the survey was to track the public’s perceptions and attitudes of dementia and alzheimer’s.

1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia
1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia

Though the awareness of the condition is high and the stigma is relatively low, there is still some misunderstanding in certain areas.

Out of the 2,361 people in the survey, 43% said they don’t know anyone close to them that’s been diagnosed with a form of dementia.

Whilst almost everyone agreed that dementia affects the mental health of a person, nearly a quarter of them don’t believe that it affects their physical health.

Fifty one percent of people in the survey agree that dementia is a cause of death, with another 21% believing that it’s an inevitable part of getting older.

Nearly half of Britons aren't able to identify the causes of dementia
Nearly half of Britons aren’t able to identify the causes of dementia

When people were asked to describe what dementia means to them, 32% of them said that it stops their brain from working properly, they degenerate, and their brain cells are dying.

Though with the high amount of people in the UK living with the condition, only 27% of people agree that current dementia treatments are effective.

There are currently no drug treatments to prevent or stop dementia, but treatments are still being developed to help people manage their day to day symptoms.

by Nancy Ashcroft (@NancyAMMJ), Laura Stockdale (@lauraastockdale) and Shivalika Puri (@5895489)