Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Alzheimer's Disease Survey Reveals Disparities between Beliefs and Behavior In Pursuing Diagnosis

Read the full text of this article at the Alzheimer's Reading Room

"The Alzheimer's Disease Screening Discussion Group (ADSDG) recently conducted a survey. They found that most adults 55 and over lack knowledge about Alzheimer's disease.

* About 75 percent thought they could identify signs of Alzheimer's disease in themselves or a loved one.

* Yet, when presented with a list of symptoms, more than 90 percent were confused about which symptoms were associated with early signs of Alzheimer's.

According to the study:

* 34 percent have a loved one who they suspect might have Alzheimer's.

* Yet of those people, only about 40 percent encouraged their loved one to talk to a doctor about it."