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Dementia cases expected to rise

18th October 2011

According to the results of a report by ARK, the amount of people suffering from dementia will rise most quickly in Northern Ireland compared to other parts of the UK.

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ARK is a joint initiative between the University of Ulster and Queen's University.

They carried out a survey which interviewed 1,200 adults as part of the 2010 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey.

Nearly 50% of respondents said they knew someone with dementia.

Almost half the respondents said they thought once someone had received a dementia diagnosis they were no longer addressed like a "thinking human being".

Only 7% said they would describe someone with the condition as "happy" while 90% said they would describe them as "confused".

The survey found the majority of the respondents (83%) said there came a stage where the only things you could do for someone with dementia was "keep them clean, happy and safe".

Over eight in ten people (83%) said dementia patients should be involved in community activities.

Dr Paula Devine, research director at ARK at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University, said: "The results tell us that there is greater need for clear, accessible information that gives the public an accurate understanding about dementia and how it impacts on the person with dementia.

"At the same time, the views of people with dementia are vital to understanding their needs as well as ensuring that there is also an increase in the expectation that higher quality of life can be achieved by, and for, people with dementia." 

 

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