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Dementia survey shock

11th July 2011

A survey carried out by the Alzheimer's Society has yielded results that the charity have described as "shocking".

The poll found many people in the South West had been told jokes about people with dementia. Nearly a quarter of those polled (22%) had heard a dementia joke, in comparison to conditions such as autism and cancer (2%). The survey found 33% of people thought it was acceptable to describe a person with dementia was "having a senior moment" and 14% said it was acceptable to say they had "lost their marbles".

 

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