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
More top news
Researchers in Boston have created a 'robot cheetah' that they hope will be able to reach top speeds of 30mph.
UK trials of a vaccine for the Ebola virus began today - but some experts complain that the response has been a long time coming.
This September has been the driest so far for more than 50 years, Met Office figures have revealed.