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Table 5 The responses of participants from different participant age groups to statements concerning ageing and dementia

From: Ageing, dementia and society – an epistemological perspective

   Age groups in years   
  19-30 31-40 41-55 56-65 >65a
  (n=655) (n=100) (n=104) (n=106) (n=15)
  % % % % %
I have heard of dementia    
Definitely have not heard of it. 6.4 18.0 10.6 5.7 0.0
May have heard of it. 5.8 6.0 6.7 3.8 0.0
Not sure. 18.8 14.0 10.6 1.9 6.7
Somewhat aware of it. 49.5 39.0 52.9 35.8 73.3
Definitely aware of it. 19.5 23.0 19.2 52.8 20.0
Ageing is a major risk factor for dementia  
Strongly disagree 3.1 3.0 7.7 9.4 33.3
Disagree 11.0 20.0 15.4 12.3 13.3
Not sure 40.2 32.0 14.4 7.5 13.3
Agree 33.6 29.0 47.1 41.5 33.3
Strongly agree 12.2 16.0 15.4 29.2 6.7
People with dementia should be placed in homes
Strongly disagree 23.8 21.0 24.0 29.2 33.3
Disagree 49.3 39.0 39.4 31.1 26.7
Not sure 20.0 21.0 11.5 10.4 0.0
Agree 5.3 10.0 12.5 15.1 13.3
Strongly agree 1.5 9.0 12.5 15.1 26.7
People with severe dementia should be cared for by professionals instead of family members
Strongly disagree 8.7 8.0 9.6 18.9 13.3
Disagree 37.9 25.0 26.0 14.2 13.3
Not sure 28.1 25.0 14.4 6.6 6.7
Agree 19.1 32.0 38.5 35.8 40.0
Strongly agree 6.3 10.0 11.5 24.5 26.7
  1. aResults for this group should be interpreted with caution because the sample size was small.