The Alzheimer’s Society’s second annual report examines the quality of life for people with dementia. This report concentrates on findings from a survey showing that (i) over half of the general public believe people with dementia lead a poor quality of life, (ii) feedback from people with dementia, 70% of whom have stopped doing things they used to (through lack of confidence), (iii) most people with dementia feel anxious or depressed, with a third of these people reporting they have lost friends since diagnosis.
The “Dementia 2013: the hidden voice of loneliness” report recommends that commissioners should ensure appropriate support services are available, and calls on the population at large to help ensure communities are dementia friendly.
“Nearly two-thirds (62%) of more than 250,000 people with dementia who live on their own are lonely, according to Alzheimer’s Society… This compares to just 24 per cent of over 55 year olds”.
Kane, M. and Cook, L. (2013). Dementia 2013: The hidden voice of loneliness. London: Alzheimer’s Society, April 9th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].