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New International Survey Reveals Multiple Barriers to an Accurate and Timely Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis
Date:9/19/2012

imer's disease, with physicians who took part in the survey in the UK and France reporting the most stigma (81 percent).2 Physicians surveyed also indicated that loss of personal freedom (78 percent), shame (63 percent) and possible isolation (60 percent) are mentioned by patients and/or caregivers as common stigmas.2

"Stigma remains a large area of concern for patients and their loved ones facing an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, making acceptance of this debilitating disease that much more difficult," said Marc Wortmann, executive director, Alzheimer's Disease International. "We need to continue our efforts to educate the public about this illness to better accept the people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias."

To address these important needs, Lilly, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and other key stakeholders plan to work together to develop educational resources to help aid in more effective patient/caregiver and physician conversations. These resources will focus on helping patients and caregivers better identify key cognitive symptoms that could indicate a more serious issue, as well as how best to communicate information and concerns to their physicians.

About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, causes progressive decline in memory and other aspects of cognition. Researchers do not know exactly what causes Alzheimer's disease and there are currently no approved treatments shown to alter the course of the underlying disease process, only treatment options that reduce certain symptoms of the disease.3 As of 2010, ADI estimated that there are currently 35.6 million people with dementia worldwide, with 7.7 million new cases each year (which implies one new case every four seconds).4 The number of people affected is estimated to be over 115 million by 2050.4 Estimates vary, but experts suggest that as many as 5.4 milli
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