More than 100 Million people have been touched by Alzheimer's disease, and 35 million are worried about Alzheimer's.
By Bob DeMarco
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More than half of Americans report that they have been touched by someone (living or deceased) who has Alzheimer's disease, and roughly a third of Americans are worried about getting Alzheimer's.
The majority of Americans have a poor understanding of the fatal and progressive brain disease and the extent of its impact on individuals and society.
These are among the key findings of the HBO ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT/HARRIS INTERACTIVE CENSUS, a survey that reveals the impact of Alzheimer's, what Americans think about the disease, and how it has affected them, their relatives and friends.
The survey found that:
54% of the U.S. population has been touched in some way by Alzheimer's.
More than half (52%) of those surveyed reported knowing someone living with the disease or someone who had it, but is now deceased.
Source HBO and Harris Interactive
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver.
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