Sunday, January 13, 2013

Springhill Care Group | Alzheimer’s as Most Feared Disease by Americans According to Poll

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Alzheimer's disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia.  Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging.  Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities.  These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts.  There is currently no way to stop the disease, but research is improving the way provide care and will continue to search for a cure.

Americans fear developing Alzheimer's disease more than any other major life-threatening disease, including cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes  according to OMAHA, Neb. – November 13, 2012 – Home Instead Senior Care®, the world's leading provider of home care services for seniors, announced new survey results.
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, according to the survey of Marist Institute for Public Opinion.
According to Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead, Inc. "The survey confirmed what our franchise owners had been hearing from their clients and their families – the majority of Americans feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  The need for support and education for these families is critical."

Additional survey highlights include:
o Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) have had a personal experience with someone with Alzheimer's and/or a serious memory loss problem.
o 61 percent of Americans feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with the disease.
o If diagnosed with the disease, Americans most fear the inability to care for oneself, and burdening others (68 percent); followed by losing memory of life and loved ones (32 percent).
o A plurality of Americans – 44 percent – cites the illness as their most feared disease compared to 33 percent who cite cancer.
o More than other generations, a majority of Americans over 65 years of age (the silent/greatest generation) – 56 percent – fear an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
o 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.

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