I would bet that less than half of Americans can spell Alzheimer's correctly on the first try.....By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
A recent Marist poll shows that twenty-five (25) percent of Americans believe they are "very informed" about Alzheimer's disease. An additional fifty-one (51) percent believe they are "informed".
Obviously, this is a very broad question and this is a very reputable poll. However, I find it impossible to believe that 76 percent of American's are "very informed" or "informed" about Alzheimer's disease.
In fact, I would bet that less than half of Americans can spell Altimers correctly on the first try. ;>)
What do I base this on? About half the people that come to the Alzheimer's Reading Room via Google search spell Alzheimer's incorrectly. You would have to assume that people using a computer, in general, are better educated than those that don't use a computer.
I would estimate that a year after doing research and a couple of years of taking care of my mother, I finally reached what I would describe as "informed" about Alzheimer's disease. Am I now "very informed"? I'll let you decide.
Care to tell us what you think?
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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,510 articles with more than 8,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
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