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People with dementia feel 'cut off', says charity

People with dementia feel 'cut off', says charity

A study by dementia charity The Alzheimer's Society has revealed that many people with dementia feel isolated and neglected by society. 

The charity surveyed over 500 dementia sufferers. They found that a third did not leave the house more than once a week, and one-in-ten were regularly housebound for a month or more at a time. 

Many said that they did not feel that they could participate in their local communities, and worried about being a burden on others. 

The Alzheimer's Society called for greater understanding and tolerance of dementia to allow sufferers to continue to participate in society, including opening up more leisure activities to people with dementia, ensuring local transport services cater for their needs and providing shops and businesses with training to help their staff recognise and deal with customers who have dementia.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said, "By committing to change, communities can give people with dementia the confidence to be part of local life and stay independent for longer.

"It's vital that people sign up to the recognition process to kick-start this movement and help change attitudes and behaviour."

Find out more about dementia and the services that are available.