Understanding the risk factors of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK have this week shared their findings from a survey around the public perception of the risk factors of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, say “The findings highlight enduring misconceptions around the physical nature of the diseases that cause dementia as well as low understanding of the risk factors for dementia, which is now the leading cause of death in the UK.”

The Dementia Attitudes survey consists of 2,361 interviews conducted in June and July 2018 and reported that “only 1% of UK adults can name seven known risk or protective factors for the dementia (risk factors: heavy drinking, genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes, protective factor: physical exercise) and 48% fail to identify any.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK stated their key findings to be:

  • More than half of UK adults (52%) now say they know someone with dementia.
  • Only half (51%) recognise that dementia is a cause of death* and more than 1 in 5 (22%) incorrectly believes it’s an inevitable part of getting older.
  • Only 34% of people believe it’s possible to reduce the risk of dementia, compared with 77% for heart disease and 81% for diabetes.
  • Three-quarters (73%) of adults would want to be given information in midlife about their personal risk of developing dementia later in life, if doctors could do so.

Read the full article from Alzheimer’s Research UK here.

You can find out more about reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s here.

To volunteer to take part in dementia research, visit www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk or call 0300 111 5111.

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