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Americans Rank Alzheimer's As Most Feared Disease

By: sixonline Email
By: sixonline Email

.        61 percent of Americans feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with the disease.

 

 

 

·        If diagnosed with the disease, Americans most fear the inability to care for oneself, and burdening others (68 percent of respondents); followed by losing memory of life and loved ones (32 percent of respondents). 

 

 

 

·        A plurality of Americans – 44 percent – cite the illness as their most feared disease compared to 33 percent who cite cancer.

 

 

 

·        More than other generations, a majority of Americans over 65 years of age (the silent/greatest generation) – 56 percent – fear an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. 

 

 

Home Instead Senior Care®, the world’s leading provider of home care services for seniors, announced new survey results revealing that Americans fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than any other major life-threatening disease, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

The Marist Institute for Public Opinion survey of more than 1,200 Americans was designed to gain perspective on the most pressing concerns associated with Alzheimer’s, including diagnosis and the difficulties of caring for a loved one with the disease.

“The survey confirmed what I frequently hear from family caregivers – people feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” said Vicki Castleman, Managing Director of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Omaha. “The need for support and education for these families is critical.”

Additional survey highlights include:

· Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent of respondents) have had a personal experience with someone with Alzheimer’s and/or a serious memory loss problem.

· 61 percent of Americans feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with the disease.

· If diagnosed with the disease, Americans most fear the inability to care for oneself, and burdening others (68 percent of respondents); followed by losing memory of life and loved ones (32 percent of respondents).

· A plurality of Americans – 44 percent – cite the illness as their most feared disease compared to 33 percent who cite cancer.

· More than other generations, a majority of Americans over 65 years of age (the silent/greatest generation) – 56 percent – fear an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

· When asked if it would be harder to receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or care for someone with the disease, Americans are equally split down the middle, 50/50.

Home Instead Senior Care Offers a Solution for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

In response to the realities and concerns associated with Alzheimer’s and in support of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is offering free, in-person Alzheimer’s CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM training sessions to area family caregivers. For a schedule of training programs, please visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.

“The Home Instead Alzheimer’s CARE program will provide free counsel, support and instruction to area family caregivers,” added Castleman. “We hope that by offering these workshops, more caregivers will be equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to face the everyday challenges of the disease.”

The Alzheimer’s CARE program is a first-of-its-kind Alzheimer’s training addressing the current and future health needs by offering family members a fresh approach to Alzheimer’s care. The approach encourages mental engagement to help relatives remain safely at home and in familiar surroundings as long as possible, and family members learn to immerse themselves in the mindsets of their loved ones to help manage various behavioral symptoms. Courses are available in person and online.

“The estimated 15 million Americans caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s are desperate for support and concerned about the care they are providing,” said Dr. Amy D’Aprix, aging care expert and a developer of the Home Instead Senior Care Alzheimer’s CARE training. “This training will help them cope with daily challenges and prepare them to manage difficult behaviors.”

For more information about the Alzheimer’s CARE program or Home Instead Senior Care, call 402-498-3444.


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