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Dementia caregivers 'missing chances to improve lives'

A new survey from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling suggests there are still significant gaps in both public and professional knowledge about dementia and what can be done to mitigate the toll it takes. According to the year-long Big Ask survey of people with dementia, their families and social care and health professionals, key messages are still not getting across. A third of non-professionals and 20% of professionals, for example, were not aware of the positive impact of drinking plenty of fluids, while even more seemed unaware of the link between smoking and dementia, with more than 40% of non-professionals and around a third of professionals not seeing stopping smoking as important, despite research evidence to the contrary.

Read more on the Guardian website.