Public beliefs and knowledge about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease

TitlePublic beliefs and knowledge about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRoberts, JS, McLaughlin, SJ, Connell, CM
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Volume10
Issue5
PaginationS381-S389
KeywordsHealth Conditions and Status, Methodology, Other, Public Policy
Abstract

Background: The purpose of this study was to assess public beliefs and knowledge about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: A brief survey module was added to the Health and Retirement Study, a longstanding national panel study of the U.S. population over the age of 50. Results: Respondents were 1641 adults (mean age = 64.4 years, 53.6 female, 81.7 White). Most (60.1 ) indicated interest in learning their AD risk, with 29.4 expressing active worry. Many failed to recognize that medications to prevent AD are not available (39.1 ) or that having an affected first-degree relative is associated with increased disease risk (32 ). Many respondents believed that various actions (e.g., mental activity, eating a healthy diet) would be effective in reducing AD risk. Conclusion: Older and middle-aged adults are interested in their AD risk status and believe that steps can be taken to reduce disease risk. Tailored education efforts are needed to address potential misconceptions about risk and protective factors. 2014 The Alzheimer's Association.

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Export Date: 21 April 2014 Source: Scopus Article in Press

URLhttp://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84895853906andpartnerID=40andmd5=336a2df47951d1d5c021f44b8055d10e
DOI10.1016/j.jalz.2013.07.001
Endnote Keywords

Attitudes and beliefs/Health education/Illness perceptions/National survey/Public understanding

Endnote ID

999999

Citation Key8062
PubMed ID24630852
PubMed Central IDPMC4163539