Campaign runs this week to promote dementia awareness

PUBLISHED: 15:15 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:15 16 May 2016

This week is Dementia Awareness Week

This week is Dementia Awareness Week


72,000 in Greater London live with the condition

Nearly half of people in Greater London are putting off finding out if they have dementia, new figures say.

Research from the Alzheimer’s Society has found 47 per cent of people are putting off going to the doctors for a diagnosis for up to a year.

This week marks national Dementia Awareness Week, supported by Alzheimer’s Society, the charity is calling on people to face the disease head on and be aware they can make a difference.

In Greater London, 72,000 people are living with the condition, while across the country 225,000 people will develop dementia this year.

Tim McLachlan, Alzheimer’s Society’s operations director for Greater London, said: “Too many people are in the dark about dementia.

“Many feel that a dementia diagnosis could mean that someone is immediately incapable of living a normal life, while myths and misunderstandings continue to contribute to the stigma and isolation that many people will feel.

“This Dementia Awareness Week, we want to shine the light on dementia and reassure people in Greater London that life doesn’t end when dementia begins.”

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