Awareness of Alzheimer's disease among expatriate healthcare customers and other members of the public is improving constantly, but the fact remains that most people will not understand the condition until they have some personal experience with it.
This is the opinion of Timothy Parry, spokesman for the Alzheimer's Research Trust, who pointed out: "With greater public awareness of Alzheimer's, our ability to manage the disease will improve and support for much needed research into curing it could also soar."
He explained: "People with dementia have long been blighted by stigma, but … the tide is changing. People are rightly becoming more willing to talk about their diagnosis and the public is beginning to understand that dementia is caused by brain diseases and not an inevitable part of ageing."
Mr Parry noted that the form of dementia should be diagnosed at an early stage if the patient is to stall the spread of the disease.
His comments come after statistics released by the UK's NHS found almost 250,000 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.