Beating dementia is a cultural effort, not just a scientific one.

A Common Misconception

Study shows two-thirds of people don’t really know what dementia is

An overwhelming majority expect to develop dementia in their life.

Dementia is also Cultural
Dementia is also cultural

Dementia can be many things: overwhelming, frightening, concerning and confusing. Whether you’re a sufferer or a caregiver, it’s a disease that affects everyone in different ways.

And despite its prevalence, a new study found that two-thirds of people think dementia is a normal part of aging, rather than a medical condition.

About 70,000 people from 155 countries were surveyed about their knowledge of dementia for the study, which was commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Despite educational efforts of dementia-related organizations, misconceptions about the disorder run rampant, the study found.

Ninety-five percent of respondents reported that they expect to develop dementia in their lifetime. This suggests that the overwhelming majority of people consider this physiological disorder inevitable.

“While age is a risk factor, dementia is not a normal part of aging, and there is no cure for this progressive illness,” said Maree McCabe CEO of Dementia Australia.

These misconceptions, officials say, can lead to discrimination and a sense of hopelessness about dementia.

Those living with dementia who participated in the study said overwhelmingly (85%) that they feel their opinions are not taken seriously.

Overall, the study suggests that beating dementia is a cultural effort, not just a scientific one.