The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) has revealed the preliminary results of its global ‘Big Ask’ survey, part of the DSDC’s Dementia Festival of Ideas and undertaken in the lead-up to the International Dementia Conference and Care Show, 3 – 4 November at the NEC, Birmingham.
Launched in April, almost 2000 people have completed the survey from the UK and over 14 countries across the globe to date including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and Singapore.
Across the world, around half of those who responded, reported that they now fear dementia more than cancer.
The majority – 63% – also consider that those with dementia should be cared for at home while only 11% consider a care home to be the better solution.
The call for a ‘greater public understanding’ is cited as the greatest contribution to improving the lives of people with dementia (26%).
Professor June Andrews of the DSDC commented:
“Dementia is at the heart of a global debate in which we all have an opinion and a view. We want people to tell us what they think, rather than being told what they should think about dementia. The DSDC has worked hard to improve the lives of people with dementia for the last 25 years. The Big Ask is an important part of our first ever Dementia Festival of Ideas and will form part of our work on the future of dementia to be highlighted in November at our first powerful, co-locating International Dementia Conference and Care Show.”
“The Big Ask results so far raise some important questions about current approaches to dementia worldwide and what should happen next:
What more should be done to address the fear people have of dementia by whom?
What practical steps need to be taken now to ensure more people with dementia can be cared for at home?
How can the appetite for understanding be met more effectively?”
“We want as many people as possible to help us determine the future of dementia via this powerful and ground-breaking survey. Interestingly, of those actually with dementia, who have responded to date, 72% feel they can be useful and contribute to the long-term debate and 81% consider they should be involved in developing policies on dementia. These are worldwide patterns and there is much more that needs to be done by all of us to make these desired change happen”
43% responded as the relative of someone with dementia and 60% of those who responded to date are health or care professionals or specialists. A small number are directly affected by dementia.
To complete the survey, please visit http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/ideas/big-ask.
For further information on attending the International Dementia Conference and Care Show, please visit http://www.careshow.co.uk/register/
For more on the Dementia Festival of Ideas please visit www.festivalofideas.org.uk