Alzheimer’s Society report shows people with dementia rarely leave home

Up to 180,000 people with dementia feel trapped in their own homes, according to research published by the Alzheimer’s Society. The report, ‘Building dementia friendly communities: A priority for everyone’, shows that 1 in 3 people with dementia surveyed only leave their homes once a week and 1 in 10 get out just once a month.

The research also found that 44% of people with dementia feel like a burden and so avoid getting involved with local life. In a YouGov survey that also fed into the report, 59% of UK adults said the inclusion of people with dementia in their communities is bad.

An economic analysis commissioned by Alzheimer’s Society shows that dementia friendly communities could save £11,000 per person per year by helping people with dementia to remain independent, stay out of care for longer and have a better quality of life. A dementia friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.

At a conference in London, Alzheimer’s Society is announcing the 10 areas communities can focus on to work towards becoming dementia friendly. It is also launching a symbol that communities can use to show they are committed to making changes to become dementia friendly.