Survey reveals nearly half of UK adults cannot name a single type of dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK has revealed that nearly 50 per cent of UK adults are unable to name a single type of dementia.

In response to this, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Ricoh team up with a powerful awareness campaign Dementia Uncovered and includes a series of hard-hitting films that highlight the experiences of people living with different types of dementia.

'Eye-opening results' show 'far fewer can name other forms of dementia'

Ian Wilson, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “The eye-opening results from this survey show that while many people recognise Alzheimer’s disease as a cause of dementia, and 92 per cent associate memory loss with the condition, far fewer can name other forms of dementia or the wide range of symptoms they bring.”

There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and caused by a range of physical diseases that affect people in different ways, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies.

The survey carried out by YouGov showed 43 per cent of people were able to name Alzheimer’s disease, however, many could not name any other forms of the condition.

Under 24 per cent could name vascular dementia – the second most common type of dementia – and just 5 per cent could name dementia with Lewy bodies.

Mr Wilson said: “Dementia Uncovered shows the many impacts of dementia on everyday life, including trouble judging distances, finding words, hallucinations and falls. It is these symptoms that can have the most devastating impacts on people’s lives and it’s important that people realise the condition is far more than just memory loss.

“We are delighted to be working with Ricoh on this important campaign once again. We’re incredibly grateful to the people who shared their experiences to help create such powerful films, which show the true impact of dementia.

"This latest chapter of Dementia Uncovered also underscores the commitment and dedication of the researchers whose work is so crucial. Dementia research is making progress and with support from the public and companies like Ricoh, we can make breakthroughs possible.”

The film 'challenge common misconceptions around dementia'

There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and one in two know someone affected by the condition.

To show more about the day-to-day realities of different types of dementia, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Ricoh worked with director Gemma Brady, known for her work on 24 Hours in A&E, to develop eight new films which explore the different diseases that cause dementia, the different ways in which these diseases affect people, and the research taking place to find answers.

The films mark a new chapter for the Dementia Uncovered campaign, which launched last year with a compelling film featuring acclaimed actor Simon Pegg. Using Ricoh’s 3D printing technology, the original film helped show the physical nature of Alzheimer’s disease, which shrinks the brain at four times the rate of healthy ageing.

David Mills, chief executive officer of Ricoh Europe, said: “Since the launch of our partnership in 2017, we have worked with Alzheimer’s Research UK on a number of initiatives to help raise awareness of dementia.

“We are proud of this new campaign and hope that it will challenge common misconceptions around dementia and provide a powerful insight into the lives of people with the condition and scientists striving to find ways to prevent, treat and cure these debilitating diseases.”

To watch the campaign films click here

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