'One in three people over 65' will develop dementia

"One in three people over the age of 65" will develop dementia, which is why people who suspect they have the disease should talk to their doctor immediately, a leading health charity has said.

The Alzheimer's Society chief executive, Jeremy Hughes, said:

One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, so it is worrying that so many people would feel reluctant to seek help about it.

The Dementia Friends programme has put dementia back in the spotlight but the fact remains that thousands of people remain in denial about the condition.

Talking about dementia can be difficult and we all bury our heads in the sand from time to time, but the sooner you know what you are dealing with, the sooner you can feel in control again and get on with your life.

– Jeremy Hughes

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