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Over-50s 'most concerned about dementia'

Over-50s 'most concerned about dementia'
4th March 2013

More older adults in the UK are worried about themselves or a loved one developing dementia than cancer or other life-limiting conditions, new research reveals.

A survey conducted by Saga discovered that 84 per cent of those polled fear their partner being diagnosed with dementia, which is more than cancer (82 per cent) and stroke (70 per cent).

In addition, four-fifths (80 per cent) of respondents admitted to concerns they may develop the condition themselves.

People appear to become more worried about the condition as they get older, with 81 per cent of people over the age of 75 revealing their fear of dementia, while this figure is 72 per cent for 50 to 54-year-olds.

Tim Pethick, managing director of Saga Magazine, said it is "little wonder" so many older adults are concerned about dementia, as almost half of those polled (48 per cent) personally know someone who has been diagnosed with it. 

Just under a fifth (19 per cent) are aware of dementia because someone just outside the family is living with it.

"Not only is it synonymous with losing our independence, but it is also the condition that we hear most about from friends or family," Mr Pethick added.

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