New perspectives and approaches to understanding dementia and stigma – Medical Research Council [UK] – 24 October 2014
“The social stigma which surrounds dementia is impeding early diagnosis, care and research into the disease, according to a new report championed by the Medical Research Council (MRC).
The report, New perspectives and approaches to understanding dementia and stigma, published by the think tank International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) in collaboration with the MRC, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and supported by the drug company Pfizer, shines a light on the impact the fear around dementia has on those living with the condition, their families and carers, which prevents the research community capturing a full picture of the disease.
According to data in the report, people over the age of 55 fear being diagnosed with dementia more than any other condition and at least 1 in 4 people hide their diagnosis, citing stigma as the reason.”
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