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.