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Dementia Patients Feel 'Trapped' In Their Homes
More than 180,000 dementia sufferers in the UK feel "trapped in their own homes", according to research from the Alzheimer's Society.
It said 35% of people with dementia only leave their homes once a week, and one in 10 get out just once a month.
The charity's new report, based on a poll of 510 people with dementia, says many sufferers are not able to take part in activities they enjoyed before they developed the condition.
Almost one in 10 (9%) said they had stopped doing all the things they used to do, and 28% said they have had to give up leaving their homes altogether.
The Alzheimer's Society called on communities across the country to be more "dementia friendly" to help patients remain independent and get out more.
Improving stigma around the condition, having accessible transport, and businesses being "respectful and responsive" are all factors that could improve quality of life for sufferers, a charity spokeswoman said.
Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: "It's shocking and saddening that so many people with dementia feel trapped and cut off from everyday local life.
"It's encouraging to see some communities have started on their journey of change but it needs to be a priority for everyone to act now."
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "The dementia time bomb is one of the most pressing challenges this country faces in the years ahead.
"We have made real progress in starting to tackle this challenge, with over £50m going towards dementia friendly health and care environments, and the first ever G8 Dementia Research Summit to be held in December this year.
"But this report makes clear that we need to go further and faster to change attitudes and build awareness in our communities.
"This government is backing communities to give people with dementia all the help and support they need to live well with this illness."
An estimated 800,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK. Experts say this figure will soar to 1.7 million by 2051.