'Over half' of dementia sufferers put off visiting doctor

More than half of dementia sufferers admitted to waiting over six months after first noticing symptoms to contact a doctor, a survey from a health charity found. The Alzheimer's Society said 54% put off visiting their GP for at least half a year.

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'Over half' of dementia sufferers put off visiting doctor

More than half of those living with dementia admitted putting off contacting a doctor for at least six months from when they first noticed symptoms, a leading health charity has found.

Dementia will affect one in three people over 65, the Alzheimer's Society said. Credit: PA

The Alzheimer's Society said 54% of people living with the degenerative disease said they had waited for at least half a year after spotting symptoms in either themselves or someone close to them before going to the GP.

Of the 1,043 quizzed by the health charity, some 41% said they had "bottled up" their concerns about their symptoms because they feared the diagnosis or did not want to upset the person they suspected of having the condition.

The study, carried out on Facebook and online, comes after musicians Chris Martin, Lily Allen and Alesha Dixon joined stars to highlight the plight of dementia sufferers in a new advert aimed at encouraging people to become "dementia friends".

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