An Alzheimer’s Society survey has found dementia is so feared that many assume their life is over after a diagnosis, while 56% of people put off seeking a diagnosis

A new survey by the Alzheimer’s Society to launch the start of Dementia Awareness Week 2016 has discovered that dementia is such a feared condition these days that many people assume their life would be over once they received a diagnosis.

The YouGov poll also found that over half of people are putting off seeking a diagnosis for up to a year of more because of these concerns. The survey found that of these people, if they experienced confusion or problems recalling recent events they would wait until the problem had worsened to the point of affecting work and personal life before visiting their GP.

The study also revealed the many myths surrounding dementia and diagnosis, with almost one in four people thinking that a dementia diagnosis would mean they wouldn’t be able to go for a walk on their own anymore, and 45% thinking they’d have to give up driving straight away. And 58% of people think a dementia diagnosis would mean they could no longer enjoy the things they used to.

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said:

‘Too many people are in the dark about dementia – many feel that a dementia diagnosis means someone is immediately incapable of living a normal life, while myths and misunderstandings continue to contribute to the stigma and isolation that many people will feel.

‘We want everyone to know that Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by the condition and there are lots of ways we can help you. It’s time for everyone to confront dementia head on.’

During Dementia Awareness Week, the Alzheimer’s Society will be calling on people to confront their fears around dementia head on, to help raise awareness of the fact there are things that can help and people and charities that can support them if they’re worried about dementia.

Click here to read more on the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dear Dementia Campaign.