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People with dementia are lonely and depressed

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Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of people with dementia feel depressed and a third report they have lost friends since their diagnosis, according to research by charity the Alzheimer's Society.

The survey of 500 people with dementia found 62 per cent of respondents living on their own said they felt lonely; 70 per cent of people had stopped doing things they used to due because of lack of confidence.

In response, the Alzheimer's Society has called on commissioners to ensure appropriate support services are available, while urging people and organisations to play their part in helping ensure their communities work to support people with dementia.

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