5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with a new diagnosis made every 66 seconds. This comes from a poll released by Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement and the Bipartisan Policy Center. It’s got a lot of surprising information about the public’s lack of awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. When preparing for Alzheimer’s, we find ourselves using a lot of inaccurate information.
The Knowledge Gap is Huge!
According to the poll (October 2017), there is a significant chasm between commonly held beliefs about Alzheimer’s disease and the actual facts about Alzheimer’s. Let’s take a look at some of those myths versus facts:
Most women (over 70% polled) believe that symptoms don’t begin until their 60’s.
- Actually, symptoms develop 20 – 30 years before diagnosis
- Also, women are at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as 66% of diagnoses are women.
44% of Americans have no concerns about Alzheimer’s because it doesn’t run in their family.
- Your genes do not accurately predict Alzheimer’s disease.
54% of those polled believe that the long term care costs will run around $25,000 per year.
- In 2014, the average nursing home stay costs $87,000 per year.
- In 2014, the cost of home health care costs $45,800 per year.
Preparing for Alzheimer’s
Once we have the facts around this insidious disease, we are better able to prepare for the possibility of living with Alzheimer’s. You can click here to read the details of this poll and even download the key findings from the survey.
A future with Alzheimer’s disease is very likely, especially if you are female. Keep this in mind when planning your long term care options. Although most people (66%) want to be cared for by family members, few are having the conversation.
Taking steps to plan today can relieve your family of an unnecessary burden in the future. Plus, you’ll receive professional medical care, either at a facility or in the comfort of your home.
Now that you know, why would you wait?
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