Dementia life quality assessed

Over half of the Welsh population believe people with dementia have a bad quality of life. The figure forms part of the Dementia 2013 report, which is published by the Alzheimer's Society today.

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Dementia 2013: The key statistics

  • People with dementia say they rely on relatives and friends for social contact with almost a quarter (21%) of sufferers speaking to friends and family on the telephone less than once a month
  • Only 28% of people in Wales thought it was possible for someone with dementia to live alone
  • Twelve percent of people in Wales said they felt uncomfortable talking to someone with dementia
  • Nearly two thirds (62%) of 250,000 people with dementia who live on their own are lonely

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'The stark truth' about dementia

"This report reveals the stark truth that too many people with dementia, especially the thousands who live alone, are truly isolated. We need to put a stop to this epidemic of loneliness, not only to improve quality of life but also to save thousands from reaching crisis point and being admitted to hospital unnecessarily or care homes early.

"The reality is that many people still feel disconnected from society. It's time for all of us to play a part in helping people with dementia live well with the condition."

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

Dementia sufferers' 'bad quality of life'

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More than half of Welsh people say those with dementia have a bad quality of life Credit: Sven Hoppe/DPA/Press Association Images

More than half of the people in Wales feel those with dementia have a bad quality of life. At 63%, the figure forms part of the Dementia 2013 report published by the Alzheimer's Society today.

This statistic was reflected in the views of dementia sufferers, 70% of whom said they had stopped doing things they used to due to a lack of confidence.