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Alzheimer's is the Most Feared Disease

- Friday, December 07, 2012

Of all the life-threatening health issues people face, Alzheimer’s disease is the most feared.

A new survey found that regardless of age, Alzheimer's was the most feared -- more than cancer, stroke, heart disease or diabetes.

The majority of Americans feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The need for support and education for these families is critical.

The survey polled 1,200 Americans about their concerns associated with the disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight older adults are living with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, but it is the only one among the top 10 causes that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Among the key findings from the survey:

* 63% of Americans have had a personal experience with someone with Alzheimer’s and/or a serious memory loss problem.

* 61% of Americans feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with the disease.

* If diagnosed with the disease, Americans most fear the inability to care for themselves, and burdening others (68%); followed by losing memory of life and loved ones (32%).

* 44% of Americans cite the illness as their most feared disease, compared to 33% who cite cancer.

* More than other generations, 56% of Americans over the age of 65 say they fear an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

* Americans are split 50/50 over whether it would be harder to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or care for someone with the disease.

For Alzheimer’s care or assisted living, contact Spring Arbor.

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