- 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
"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."
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.
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.
A leading dementia charity is warning that more than one in ten people living with the condition in Wales are going into care 'too early' due to lack of care and support.
Sue Phelps, from Alzheimers Society in Wales says people with dementia and their carers need more information about what support is available.
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The Alzheimer's Society has published advice for people living with dementia and their carers:
- stay mentally and physically active
- find out what financial support is available
- see an occupational therapist
- learn more about services in your area
- talk to family and friends, and accept offers of help
"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."
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
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