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The study also found that stigma surrounding dementia is robbing families of precious time with their loved ones. A lack of support and understanding is stopping people from seeking help. Meanwhile, two-thirds of the public believe dementia is caused by normal ageing rather than a disease attacking cognitive function.
The study reveals disturbingly poor awareness about the condition.
It is predicted to hit one million Britons by 2025, with many feeling they are powerless to stop its advance.
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) surveyed 70,000 people across 150 countries in an effort to demystify dementia.
It found that 25 per cent of people think there is nothing that can be done to prevent it, while 20 per cent per