Dementia sufferers 'feel trapped'

Nearly a third of all people with dementia feel "trapped in their home" and have given up on going outside, according to the Alzheimer's Society. The charity recommends making transport more accessible and businesses more welcoming.

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Communities 'don't understand dementia sufferers plight'

Broadcaster and Alzheimer's Society ambassador Angela Rippon told ITV News that dementia sufferers are fearful of leaving their homes because some communities do not understand their condition.

When asked why some people are reluctant to leave their homes, Rippon said:

She added: "If you have a society where people don't understand the needs of people with dementia, don't understand how to recognise it, the support that someone with dementia needs, then obviously as an individual you are going to withdraw back inside yourself.

"You're not going to want to go out into the public and be humiliated in that way."

'Vital' UK empowers people with dementia, says charity

The isolation dementia sufferers endure is "shocking" and "saddening" and can be avoided, the head of a leading health charity has said.

Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes urged communities to challenge stigma to "give confidence" to people with dementia.

It's shocking and saddening that so many people with dementia feel trapped and cut off from everyday local life.

It's encouraging to see some communities have started on their journey of change but it needs to be a priority for everyone to act now. It's vital we empower people with dementia and their carers.

By committing to change, communities can give people with dementia the confidence to be part of local life and stay independent for longer.

It's vital that people sign up to the recognition process to kick-start this movement and help change attitudes and behaviour

– Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes

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Poll: 9% of dementia sufferers leave home once a month

More has to be done to support dementia sufferers when they leave home, the Alzheimer's Society has said. Credit: PA

Just under one in 10 (9%) of dementia sufferers will venture out at least once a month, according to a new report by the Alzheimer's Society.

The report also warns many dementia sufferers are unable to take part in activities they enjoyed before they developed the condition.

Hunt: Dementia is a 'time bomb'

Dementia is a "time bomb", according to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the Government will be "backing" any community actively supporting local sufferers.

It is estimated that 800,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK. It has been estimated that the figure will soar to 1.7 million by 2051.

The dementia timebomb is one of the most pressing challenges this country faces in the years ahead.

We have made real progress in starting to tackle this challenge, with over £50 million going towards dementia friendly health and care environments, and the first ever G8 Dementia Research Summit to be held in December this year.

But this report makes clear that we need to go further and faster to change attitudes and build awareness in our communities.

This government is backing communities to give people with dementia all the help and support they need to live well with this illness.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Poll: 28% of dementia patients never leave home

According to the Alzheimer's Society, their survey on the lives of dementia sufferers revealed:

  • At least 28% of sufferers had given up leaving their homes altogether.
  • Almost one in 10 (9%) of respondents said they had to give up all the activities they were involved in before their illness began.
  • The survey found 44% of sufferers feel like a burden so avoid getting involved in local life.
  • Only two in every five sufferers think their local area is capable of helping them live well with their dementia.

Dementia sufferers feel 'trapped in their own home'

More needs to be done to prevent dementia sufferers from leading a reclusive life, the Alzheimer's Society has warned. Credit: PA

More than 180,000 of all dementia sufferers feel "trapped in their own homes" by the disease, a charity has warned.

The Alzheimer' Society - which assists numerous dementia, Alzheimer and other cognitive impairment patients and their families - said only a third (35%) of sufferers feel brave enough to leave their home once a week.

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