A new Scottish Social Attitudes report, published today for World Alzheimer’s Day, has revealed that attitudes in Scotland to people living with dementia are largely positive, with most people not seeing it as a stigmatising condition.
The survey, which was carried out by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen), also showed that a large majority of people are very aware of dementia and the challenges it can bring for families. Nearly three quarters of people in Scotland – 74% - said that they know or had known someone with dementia, with almost 4 in 10 (37%) saying that a partner or a member of their family has or had dementia.
There was also a very high percentage of people who believed that dementia should be a priority for Government spending, particularly around care and support.
The survey was commissioned and funded by the Life Changes Trust, who previously commissioned a similar survey in 2014. Current figures show...