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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

'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

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Dementia sufferers' 'bad quality of life'

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.

Care home fears leading to people settling for less

Over three quarters of people in Wales fear living in a care home, according to a Alzheimer's Society report.

Published today, the 'Low Expectations' report found that 78% would be very or fairly scared about going into a care home.

The report states that excellent care does exist, but pessimism about life in care homes is leading people to settle for less. It also found that three quarters of relatives would recommend their loved one's care home despite less than half saying their relative has a good quality of life.

Too often we hear that people with dementia in care homes don't have the opportunity for regular and meaningful social interaction and activities of their choice which help them continue to live well with dementia.

Care homes shouldn't be seen as an isolated place of last resort but as part of the wider community. They should be championing the fact that with the right support, it is possible to live well with dementia."

– Carol Anne Jones, Alzheimer's Society in Wales
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