Last month’s talkhealth survey came up with some very interesting results about people’s general understanding and views upon dementia – I certainly found it very interesting…
There appears to be a wide difference in people’s understanding of dementia ranging from 0.9% having no knowledge to 13.1% having good knowledge. The majority of respondents (98.1%) have heard of Alzheimer’s whilst the other three types of dementia were less well known – Vascular dementia (48.6%), Dementia with Lewy Bodies (19.6%) and Frontotemporal (18.1%).
Over half of respondents (77.6%) thought that over 65’s should be routinely screened for dementia. 67.3% think they would be able to spot the early signs of dementia in someone and over half of those responding were fearful of suffering from dementia themselves. The majority would go to the GP (73.8%) if they thought a close family member or friend were suffering with dementia, followed by the internet (51.4%).
A small minority feel that the state has a responsibility to pay full nursing fees for people suffering with dementia and a huge amount (77.6%) believe more money should be put into the research of dementia from the government.
Interestingly, 70.1% would you be in favour of voluntary euthanasia if they had dementia (on the basis that there was deemed by law a correct time to invoke such an action).