Last week, in Paris, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, many new insights and study results were presented. I talked about one such study in a posting last week. The number of people affected with the disease is now placed at 36,000,000. Obviously, the number of people affected by the disease is much higher.
One study discussed at the conference was a “telephone survey of 2,678 adults aged 18 and older in the United States, France, Germany, Spain and Poland was conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Alzheimer Europe…”
Some of the statistics coming out of the study are amazing – and frightening:
When asked to identify the most feared disease out of a list of seven that included cancer, heart disease and stroke, nearly a quarter of respondents from four of the five countries said they most fear getting Alzheimer’s.
Many in the survey said they know or have known someone with Alzheimer’s, including 72 percent of those in France, 73 percent in Germany, 77 percent in Spain, 73 percent in the United States and 54 percent in Poland.And about three out of 10 people in the study said they have a family member who has had the disease.