Oct 8, 2016

Majority of Adults Fear Alzheimer's Disease, Want Greater Effort to Defeat It

A growing number of adults fear Alzheimer's and memory loss, want to know more about Alzheimer's disease, and are becoming more interested in prevention studies.


Adults fear Alzheimer's see greater need for Alzheimer's and dementia care.

By Alzheimer's Reading Room

  • Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have been touched by Alzheimer's disease
  • Over 70 percent of adults worry about memory loss, or about getting Alzheimer's disease
A survey shows nearly half of U.S. adults have a personal connection to Alzheimer's disease.

According to a national survey for the Banner Alzheimer's Institute, the results also found more than seven in 10 adults, or 218 million Americans, worry about memory loss or the disease for themselves or a loved one.


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Survey Reveals the Growing Concern and Impact of Alzheimer's in U.S.

"Most Americans now realize how devastating this disease is for individuals, families and the country," said Eric Reiman, M.D., executive director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI). "We need to marshal their awareness and concerns to push forward on the research that holds the greatest promise for stopping Alzheimer's."
The survey illustrates the disease's increasing impact as the nation ages and the prevalence of Alzheimer's continues to rise, being the only condition among the top 10 causes of death that has no cure or treatment.


Many adults also want to keep abreast of the latest scientific news on Alzheimer's, and the survey shows that they are interested in learning about opportunities to participate in clinical studies fpr the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

It is estimated that as many as 5.4 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease. Every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

By 2050, the cost of Alzheimer's Care is projected to rise to more than $1 trillion (in the United States). Medicare costs are projected to rise by 360 percent.

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