Navigation Links
Filling in the Alzheimer's 'Race Gap'
Date:4/20/2008

Black and Hispanics often labor under misconceptions about the disease, researchers discover

SUNDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is wrenching, especially for family members of the patient.

But certain races and ethnic groups, including Hispanics and blacks, are more likely to labor under misconceptions about the disease, often wrongly viewing it as a normal part of aging, researchers are learning.

And that often leads to delays in seeking care, when early treatment might make a difference in the progression of the mind-wasting disorder.

In a recent survey conducted for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, researchers found that Hispanic and black caregivers were more likely to believe that the symptoms of Alzheimer's weren't a disease but just part of growing old. Thirty-seven percent of black caregivers and 33 percent of Hispanic ones thought that was the case, compared to 23 percent of caregivers from other racial or ethnic groups.

Black and Hispanic caregivers were also more likely to say they did not know much about the disease.

The results of the survey highlight the need for more education about the disease, so all Americans can be given the chance to get appropriate treatment, experts said.

Eric Hall, founding chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, called the survey results "distressing," adding, "Lack of an early diagnosis leaves families at a point of chaos and crisis, wondering, 'How do I care for my loved one?' "

"In the absence of a cure, care becomes a critical issue to sustain the highest quality of life for the longest time," Hall said.

The impact of Alzheimer's affects different groups of people differently in many ways, explained Angela Geiger, vice president of constituent relations for the Alzheimer's Association. For instance, she said, the disease is more prevalent among blacks than whites, and Latinos are more likely to exhibit symptoms earlier.

Given these differences, organizations such as the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the Alzheimer's Association have created programs and other resources to reach out to different populations. For instance, publications on warning signs and other information about the disease are available in Spanish and in English, Geiger said.

"We've created a series of culturally appropriate publications tailored to African-Americans and Latinos," she said.

Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and that number is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030 as the population ages. It's currently the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

So, what can people do to recognize the disease earlier and get help for a loved one? Educating yourself about the symptoms is one way. Both the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the Alzheimer's Association offer information about the disorder on their Web sites. That information includes specifics on the differences between normal aging -- for instance, forgetting a word now and then -- and symptoms of Alzheimer's -- forgetting the name for common objects and calling a toothbrush "the thing for my mouth," for example.

"I think, overall, that the nation at large has a very poor understanding of what dementia is," Hall said.

If you suspect a loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer's, Geiger suggests that you reach out for assistance and guidance. Ask your loved one's health-care provider for an evaluation, for starters.

"Work with your health-care provider to get that diagnosis as early as possible, because there are things you can do," she said, adding that behavioral interventions and medicines are two options.

More information

To learn more about Alzheimer's disease, visit the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.



SOURCES: Eric Hall, founding chief executive officer, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, New York City; Angela Geiger, vice president for constituent relations, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago; March 14, 2007, ICAN: Investigating Caregivers' Attitudes and Needs


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. EPA takes first step in filling nanotech information gaps
2. Amalgam Fillings Dont Affect Childrens Brain Development, Says Study in ADA Journal
3. Amalgam fillings dont affect childrens brain development, says study in ADA Journal
4. Bavarian Nordic Receives $25 Million Milestone Payment From HHS for Fulfilling Contract Milestones
5. New Generation Xcelodose(R)S Precision Drug Powder Micro-filling System Offers 50% Increased Throughput
6. A Patients Right to Know: Silver Fillings are 50% Mercury
7. ADA Calls for Scientifically Accurate Patient Brochure Explaining Filling Choices
8. Most comprehensive study of mercury in dental fillings begins
9. Alzheimers Research Target May Be a Dead End
10. Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. Wins Summary Judgment on Generic Ultracet(R)
11. Womens Awareness of Cancer Risk Linked to Race, Ethnicity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Filling in the Alzheimer's 'Race Gap'
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Our bodies are bombarded daily by environmental and ... with these stressors is to adopt a more healthful diet, but too many people ... a certified Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of the Newport Beach Cleanse and 14-Day ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... of our nation’s productivity, stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are the single ... Then why are American workers so unhappy? , Just under half of American ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... VA (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... with student loans more flexibility in repaying their loans, more information about their ... a time when total outstanding student loan debt, including federal and private loans, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Coast Dental Fort Stewart ... at its new location in the Exchange Furniture Mall at 112 Vilseck Road in ... 50-inch Samsung Smart TV. Plus attendees will have the opportunity to meet general dentists ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Spine Team ... pain, is proud to announce one of their physicians has been invited to be ... Physicians (Texas ACOFP) Family Practice Review conference on April 30, 2016. , Dr. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016   Acsis , a leading provider of ... market research and advisory firm IDC has named it ... Worldwide Pharmaceutical Track and Trace Software 2016 Vendor Assessment ... assessment of the capabilities and business strategies of 10 ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160427/360791LOGO ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016 New ... 2016" is a report that provides an overview ... R&D pipelines by identifying new targets and MOAs ... Company Profiles discussed in this H1 2016 Osteoarthritis ... Srl, AbbVie Inc., Abiogen Pharma S.p.A., Ablynx NV, ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Avril 2016   ... +5% sur le trimestre, soutenu par une croissance ... Croissance de +16% des ventes aux hôpitaux ... Kea Technologies (Euronext : MKEA, FR0010609263 ; OTCQX : MKEAY), inventeur ... aujourd,hui son chiffre d,affaires pour le premier trimestre ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: