Conducted by Harris Interactive for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the survey results showed, among other things, that black and Hispanic caregivers were more likely (37 percent and 33 percent) than caregivers of other races (23 percent) to believe that Alzheimer's is a normal part of aging.
"Many of African-Americans and Hispanics thought it was almost normal that people would get Alzheimer's disease as they age," said foundation CEO Eric J. Hall. "This says a lot about the need for education in these communities."
"These findings alert us that patients with Alzheimer's are not being assessed and diagnosed early enough, and they are not aware of the treatment options available to them," said Dr. Warachal E. Faison, clinical director of Alzheimer's Research and Clinical Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. "One of the reasons for the delay in diagnosis is that these patients were unlikely to be offered a memory screening."
"Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging," said Laura Kochevar, associate director of Hispanic/Latino Outreach at the Alzheimer's Association. "The need to educate people in minority communities about Alzheimer's is essential."
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