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More than half of Welsh people "put off" seeking dementia diagnosis

More than half of Welsh people are putting off seeking a dementia diagnosis for up to a year or more, a study has found.

225,000 people in the UK will develop dementia this year. Credit: PA

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The research, conducted by charity Alzheimer's Society, also found 60% of people surveyed believe a dementia diagnosis would mean their life was over.

It marks the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week, which aims to encourage people to confront Dementia head on.

The survey also found:

40%
of people in Wales thought a diagnosis would mean they'd have to stop driving their car immediately.
68%
feared they'd lose their job.
29%
felt that dementia was "part of the ageing process" and wouldn't seek GP advice about memory loss.
Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. Credit: PA

Too many people are in the dark about dementia – many feel that a dementia diagnosis means someone is immediately incapable of living a normal life, while myths and misunderstandings continue to contribute to the stigma and isolation that many people will feel.

We know that dementia is the most feared health condition of our time and there’s no question that it can have a profound and devastating impact on people, their family and friends – but getting a timely diagnosis will enable people with dementia to live as well as possible.

We want everyone to know that Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by the condition and there are lots of ways we can help you. It’s time for everyone to confront dementia head on.

– Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales