The Alzheimer’s Society has launched a guide to help farmers and rural residents support relatives, friends and neighbours with dementia.
Published to coincide with Dementia Action Week which ends on Sunday 27 May, it urges individuals, community groups and organisations to do more for those affected.
Living in the countryside and having dementia (caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s) can put people in a position of “double jeopardy”, according to the report.
They can be left feeling “excluded and disempowered”, unable to access support, guidance and services such as transport, shops, healthcare and banks.
There is more society needs to do to ensure everyone, in every corner of the country is supported Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society chief executive
“There is more society needs to do to ensure everyone, in every corner of the country is supported,” said Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes.
“Two thirds of people with dementia are based in rural areas.”
The condition can have particular implications in the agricultural sector because farmers often continue working long after the state retirement age.
There are also additional safety hazards, such as machinery, silage pits or livestock, and the often-solitary nature of the job can lead to delays in calling for help – or it arriving – following an accident.
“The cost in time and money of attending appointments can be particularly prohibitive for farmers, who are self-employed and may not have someone to manage the farm or have to pay for additional staff, added Mr Hughes.