Millions have unknowingly seen dementia signs in loved ones – but put it down to old age – What We Know!

However solely 36 p.c of them attributed such indicators to them dwelling with dementia.

And greater than a 3rd admitted they’ve defined away somebody’s behaviour as an indication of sickness and nothing to fret about.

Whereas 4 in 10 have ignored behaviour – equivalent to excessive temper swings, getting misplaced in a well-recognized space and turning into withdrawn or terrified of occasions – as penalties of previous age.

Suzanne Mumford, dementia knowledgeable at residential care supplier Care UK, which commissioned the examine, stated: “It’s simple to wave off some indicators of dementia as merely being forgetful, drained or previous.

“Whereas we’ve made nice progress in recent times, it’s truthful to say it stays a reasonably misunderstood situation, at the least for most of the people.

“We all know simply how worrying it may be to witness behavioural adjustments in a beloved one too, particularly for households with little to no expertise of dementia – from misplacing gadgets to adjustments in persona.

“But, it’s extremely vital to identify the indicators in order that they’ll get skilled assist as early as doable.

“It’s additionally important to assist these whose family members are already dwelling with dementia or who’ve lately been recognized.

“That’s why we’ve launched our new information, ‘Let’s discuss dementia’, which is full of sensible recommendation from our group members in addition to solutions to questions we’ve been requested by relations of these dwelling in our care houses.”

The examine additionally discovered 36 p.c of adults have researched the indicators of dementia on-line.

Equally, 35 p.c admitted they’ve many questions on the situation however have no idea the way to get the solutions.

Of these polled, 39 p.c don’t suspect any of their relations are presently displaying signs of the situation, however worryingly 66 p.c of these admitted they wouldn’t be capable of determine the indicators.

Half additionally worry they don’t know sufficient in regards to the situation to have the ability to assist, whereas 39 p.c fear they wouldn’t recognise the indications of dementia till it was fairly far down the road.

It additionally emerged one in 10 adults suspect a beloved one could also be displaying indicators as a consequence of their relative being forgetful (59 p.c) and their behaviour considerably altering (43 p.c).

Indicators they’ve seen included common confusion (42 p.c), issue concentrating (34 p.c) and struggling to observe a dialog (25 p.c).

In consequence, 71 per cent of them have sought skilled assist.

The ballot, carried out by way of OnePoll, discovered 43 p.c of adults have had a beloved one recognized with dementia.

Among the many commonest indicators their relations exhibited have been reminiscence loss (53 p.c), confusion over occasions and locations (40 p.c) and struggling to do on a regular basis duties equivalent to counting change.

Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon, who’s partnering with Care UK to launch the information, added: “I do know first-hand simply how households really feel when a beloved one is recognized with dementia.

“It’s usually a complicated time and it’s simple to really feel powerless and alone.

“There are such a lot of widespread misconceptions with regards to dementia and getting a analysis doesn’t essentially imply the top is in sight – it’s merely the start of a special journey.

“I strongly consider educating the nation on the indicators of dementia and what it’s prefer to stay with the situation is important.

” I’d prefer to encourage everybody to obtain a duplicate, so we create a extra dementia-friendly group collectively.”

To obtain Care UK’s newest information, ‘Let’s discuss dementia’, that includes 21 issues everybody ought to know in regards to the situation, go to


  1. Reminiscence loss
  2. Confusion
  3. Issue concentrating
  4. Struggling to do easy on a regular basis duties e.g. counting change
  5. Misplacing issues
  6. Struggling to observe dialog
  7. Temper adjustments
  8. Being confused a couple of time or place   
  9. Change in persona
  10. Being unable to put in writing

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