Attitudes to dementia: findings from the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey

Public Health England, October 2016

This paper presents findings on attitudes to dementia in Britain. While the majority of people have known someone with dementia and knowledge of the symptoms of dementia is high, there are clear gaps in public knowledge of the risk factors. There is also evidence of stigmatising attitudes towards people living with dementia.

According to the findings of the survey, more than a quarter (28%) of the British public is unable to correctly identify any potentially modifiable risk factor for developing dementia.

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