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Are you in the dark about dementia?

Are you in the dark about dementia?

Published at 1:26pm 16th May 2016. (Updated at 1:38pm 16th May 2016)

Over half of people in Yorkshire are putting off seeking a dementia diagnosis for up to a year or more, according to a study by Alzheimer's Society.

Separate research reveals that it's the most feared health condition in the UK and nearly two thirds of people surveyed feel that a diagnosis would mean their life is over.

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, everyone is being urged to confront it head-on, be aware that they can do something about it and ask for help.

225,000 people in the UK will develop dementia this year, which is one person every three minutes.

However, it's claimed that a lack of diagnosis is denying many of those people the chance of getting the best possible treatment, information and support.

Evidence shows that the earlier you get help, the better your chance of living well for longer.

Judith King, Alzheimer's Society Regional Operations Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "Too many people are in the dark about dementia - many feel that a dementia diagnosis means someone is immediately incapable of living a normal life, while myths and misunderstandings continue to contribute to the stigma and isolation that many people will feel.

"This Dementia Awareness Week, we want to reassure people that life doesn't end when dementia begins.

"We know that dementia is the most feared health condition of our time and there's no question that it can have a profound and devastating impact on people, their family and friends - but getting a timely diagnosis will enable people with dementia to live as well as possible.

"We want everyone to know that Alzheimer's Society is here for anyone affected by the condition and there are lots of ways we can help you. It's time for everyone to confront dementia head-on."

More information at www.alzheimers.org.uk/DAW

Dementia Forward also provides support in the Harrogate District and you can find out more about its services at www.dementiaforward.org.uk