World Alzheimer Report 2012

Overcoming the stigma of dementia

The World Alzheimer Report 2012 reveals stigma and social exclusion are major barriers for people with dementia and their carers.

The World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia shares results from a worldwide survey conducted with people with dementia and carers on their personal experiences of stigma. The report provides information on stigma and dementia, highlights best practices in the field of dementia, and makes recommendations which could help reduce stigma.

Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • Stigma could be a major barrier to finding solutions for the problems related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including low rates of diagnosis and service utilisation
  • Nearly one in four people with dementia (24%) hide or conceal their diagnosis citing stigma as the main reason
  • Societies do not have enough understanding about dementia. This includes friends, relatives and healthcare professionals
  • 40% of people with dementia report not being included in everyday life

ADI is also grateful to report authors Nicole Batsch and Mary Mittelman, and all those who contributed to the report. A list of acknowledgements can be found inside the front cover of the report.


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