Survey Reveals Global Misconceptions About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease leaves no corner of the world untouched. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by the year 2030, there will be over 76 million cases of Alzheimer’s, threatening economies worldwide.

Yet a survey performed by the Alzheimer’s Association showed a global lack of information about Alzheimer’s. The Association polled 6,307 people from 12 countries about their knowledge of the disease. The survey revealed that:

  • 60 percent of the people surveyed believe that Alzheimer’s is a typical part of aging.
  • 40 percent did not know that Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal disease.
  • 37 percent thought that only people with a family history of the disease are at risk.

The Alzheimer’s Association urges everyone to learn more about Alzheimer’s, and to work together to raise awareness. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website (www.alz.org) to find a wealth of information. “Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that slowly robs people of their independence and eventually their lives,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Association. “Sadly, Alzheimer’s disease knows no bounds. Anyone with a brain is at risk, so everyone with a brain should join the fight against it.”

Source: AgeWise reporting on a study from the Alzheimer’s Association.  http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/abam_intl_survey_release.pdf