Older people are more frightened of dementia than cancer, according to a new poll.
Two thirds of the over 50s who took part in the survey most fear they will develop a neurological condition like Alzheimer’s Disease.
Only one in ten was worried about being diagnosed with cancer, with fewer still fretting about heart conditions or diabetes.
Paul Green, director of communications at the over-50s company Sage, who conducted the survey, said there were several reasons why dementia worried people more than any other illness – such as the growing number of people being diagnosed.
“More people are seeing the profound impact that it can have on both the individual as well as the wider family,” he said.
“However, whilst these fears are completely understandable, it’s important that education around the condition is enhanced to give a greater understanding of the benefits of early diagnosis – and how this can help those living with the condition continue to lead fulfilling lives.”
Commenting on the poll, the Alzheimer’s Society’s Alison Cook said: “The possibility of losing the very essence of what makes you the individual that you are is a frightening prospect.
“But fear can mean people don’t get a diagnosis and can often miss the opportunity to access treatments which are only effective for people in the earlier stages of the condition.”
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