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'Nearly 2 in 3 people worried about dementia'

Published on 21 May 2012 10:30 AM

Almost two-thirds of us are concerned about developing dementia, according to a recent survey released to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

The YouGov poll, commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, found that 61% of people are worried about themselves or someone they know developing dementia later in life.

In total, 63% of respondents said they were concerned about the condition, while just under a quarter (24%) said they were not.

People aged over 55 were found to be the most worried (66%), yet despite this only 15% of them wanted to know more about dementia. In contrast, the condition is worrying 61% of 18 to 24-year-olds, with 25% of that age group eager to discover more.

Men (70%) were also revealed to be more concerned about dementia than women (56%).

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: 'Only through knowing more will we ensure the people with the condition are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.'

The survey also revealed that 23% of people believe dementia to be the result of old age, while 19% believe that nothing can be done to reduce the risk of developing the condition.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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