Jun 6, 2013

Attitudes About Dementia Patients

There appeared to be a general acceptance that a recent diagnosis of dementia resulted in a negative change by society: around one half of respondents (46%) agreed as soon as someone is diagnosed with dementia, they are not treated like a thinking human being anymore.

Attitudes About Dementia Patients | Alzheimer's Reding Room


By +Bob DeMarco 
 +Alzheimer's Reading Room 

As I reread the results of this study, I had two reactions.

I believe society has come a long way in the last ten years to better understand dementia. I also believe we have a long way to go.

How would you respond to this statement from the survey,

"for people with really bad dementia, I don't think life is worth living".

Agree? Disagree?

The public often describes persons living with dementia as confused (90 percent), and frightened (62 percent).

Do you agree with this categorization?

When asked to identify which words they would use to describe the way that someone who has had dementia respondents answered:
  • confused (90%)
  • frightened(62%)
  • lost (58%)
  • and upredictable (52%).
What is your attitude toward dementia patients?

How would you describe the attitudes of your family and friends?

Please use the comments box below this article to share your comments, reactions and insights.

Source and for addition survey results see:  Dementia: public knowledge and attitudes

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