Public experiences of Alzheimer's disease
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Majority of public have personal experience with Alzheimer's disease
The survey found a large proportion of the public has had some sort of experience with Alzheimer’s disease. Majorities in all five countries say that they know or have known someone with Alzheimer’s disease, including about seven in ten in France (72%), Germany (73%), Spain (77%), and the U.S. (73%), and 54% in Poland.
In addition, about three in ten have personal experience with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease. Experience with a family member ranges from 19% in Poland to 42% in the U.S.
About one in seven have had significant life experience in giving support to someone who has Alzheimer’s disease. Between 13% (Poland) and 27% (Spain) report that they have been one of the people most involved in
decision-making, financial support, or day-to-day care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Last Updated: Wednesday 13 July 2011