Mar 16, 2014

Worries About Alzheimer's and Dementia Growing Fast, the Media Wakes Up

Worldwide the public is becoming increasingly worried about Alzheimer's and dementia. Does anybody really care?

Worries About Alzheimer's and Dementia

Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

A Pew Internet study shows that a fast growing number of people worldwide are using search to find information about Alzheimer's and dementia.

Most specifically they are searching across keywords like: memory, memory loss, Alzheimer's memory, dementia test, and Alzheimer's test. The specific focus

Memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s

This clearly indicates that worries about Alzheimer's and dementia are growing fast. Not surprisely, women are more worried than men.

Back on January 13, 2014 Brain Williams and NBC ran a two minute and twenty one second story on Memory and Memory Tests. They specifically feature a memory test called Sage.

I first wrote about the Self-Administered Geocognitive Examination (SAGE)in April, 2010. I refreshed the same article on June 9, 2012 - Test Your Memory for Dementia in 15 Minutes (SAGE).

Within minutes of the airing on the NBC story more than 20,000 people were in the Alzheimer's Reading Room reading about the test, and using the links to the test and the scoring system.

That is 20,000 simultaneous readers right then and there. Over the next 24 hours, more than 200,000 unique readers read that article in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

Today, the Minneapolis Star Tribune has a featured front page article entitle - Quick test is early dementia alert.

There is a direct link to the Alzheimer's Reading Room in the StarTribune electronic version of the article. The link is labeled "Mini-Cog" (click it to go to our article). People are now flocking to the ARR to read our indepth article on the Min-Cog.

When did we write our article? March, 2009. And, I refreshed it on June 9, 2012.

Here is the good news, the media is finally becoming aware that a growing number of people world wide are becoming concerned about Alzheimer's and dementia.

It is not just older people that are worried, however.

Recently Seth Rogen testified to Congress about Alzheimer's. Seth is committed to helping younger people better understand Alzheimer's and what to do about it.

How interested were people.

The C-Span version of Seth Rogen's testimony went viral. More than 6 million people have watched that video.

As it turns out, the Alzheimer's Reading Room was the first to report on the Internet that Seth actually testified to a bunch of empty chairs. The major news outlets followed along later that day.

Learn more about Seth's testimony and watch the video right here - Seth Rogen Testifies about Alzheimer's Disease to a Bunch of Empty Chairs in the United States Senate.

Here is what we know.
  • The public worldwide is becoming increasingly worried about Alzheimer's and dementia.
  • The media is now becoming increasingly aware of this trend and is beginning to cover the problem.There doesn't seem to be any real effort or interest on the part of politicians in the U.S. to do anything about it. So far, they are throwing pennies at a problem that needs dollars.
  • There is no well funded effort in the U.S. to help Alzheimer's and dementia care partners. To help them care for the more than 5 million persons that are now living with Alzheimer's disease (and many more living with a related dementia).
The Alzheimer's Reading Room has more than 4,600 articles that cover almost everything under the sun when it comes to Alzheimer's care, Alzheimer's information, and Alzheimer's help.

You can search all 4,600 articles by keyword over on the right hand side of any page here on the ARR.

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Why should people wait years to learn about information we already have here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room? They need the information now.

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The Alzheimer's Reading Knowledge Base contains more than 4,600 articles, and has more than 349,000 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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