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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.

Charity warns of lack of support for dementia sufferers

Thousands of dementia sufferers in Wales are going into care homes too early according to the Alzheimer's Society. It says this is often due to a lack of support and knowledge of the services that are available.

The charity is hoping that better publicity of what help is out there will keep people in their own homes for longer. Our Correspondent Joanna Simpson went to meet a couple from Cardiff who would like to do exactly that.

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TV's Richard McCourt gives advice on dementia support

Richard McCourt is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society Credit: Richard Stonehouse/PA Archive

"I'm so pleased my mother was able to be cared for at home but it was only possible with help from dedicated services" says TV presenter Richard McCourt - best known as one half of 'Dick and Dom'.

"If you or a loved one have recently received a diagnosis or just don't know where to turn, I urge you to find your local service and read the Alzheimer's Society's top tips on living with dementia at home."

Alzheimer's charity: 'one in ten taken into care too early'

More than one in ten people living with dementia in Wales have to go into care when they could still be cared for at home, the Alzheimer's Society warns.

It says people aren't necessarily aware of the support that's available, or don't seek help early enough.

Home means something special to all of us. Many people living with dementia have been forced to leave their safe-havens which is unacceptable.

By seeking support early, people living with dementia may avoid reaching a crisis point unnecessarily which results in them moving in to long term care

– Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer's Society

Care and Social Services Inspectorate: 'more collaboration needed'

The organisation resposible for inspecting care services across Wales has announced a shake up in how it makes sure that frail and vulnerable people get the best care.

It includes a promise that inspectors will spend more time listening to the people who actually use the services.

The Care and Social Services Inspectorate has unveiled the plan as part of its annual report. It comes just weeks after the organisation was heavily criticised by the Ombudsman for how it investigated a complaint from the family of a woman who had dementia.

Our Correspondent Carl Edwards reports

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