Aug 24, 2010

100 Million Adults Touched by Alzheimer's Disease

More than 100 Million people have been touched by Alzheimer's disease, and 35 million are worried about Alzheimer's.

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.

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100 Million Adults Touched by Alzheimer's Disease

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

Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver.

Original content the Alzheimer's Reading Room