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Dementia 2013: The hidden voice of loneliness


Alzheimer's Society

Subject Keywords: Dementia, Cognative Impairment, Quality of Living
Topic: Mental Health
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

Dementia 2013: The hidden voice of loneliness is Alzheimer's Society's annual report examining the quality of life for people with dementia.The report found that over half of the general public (54 per cent) believe that people with dementia have a bad quality of life. This was echoed in the feedback from people with dementia with 70 per cent saying they had stopped doing things they used to due because of lack of confidence. The majority of people with dementia also felt anxious or depressed (63 per cent) and a third of people (35 per cent) said they’d lost friends after a diagnosis. Other key statistics in Dementia 2013 include:38 per cent of all people with dementia said they felt lonelyPeople with dementia said they relied on relatives and friends for social contact and yet almost a quarter (21 per cent) speak to friends or family on the telephone less than once a month.  Only 23 per cent of the general public thought it was possible for a person with dementia to live alone  16 per cent answered that they would not be comfortable talking to someone with dementia, 19 per cent were unsure.The findings from Dementia 2013 are based on a survey of 510 people with dementia or carers on their behalf and a YouGov poll of 2,287 UK adults.Download the full report here.   





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Suggested citation:

Alzheimer's Society. (2013) Dementia 2013: The hidden voice of loneliness [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 14th November 2019].


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