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Survey reveals misperceptions about Alzheimer's among African-American and Hispanic caregivers

caregivers (46%) were more likely to express that they could have used more support from their religious leaders, compared to Hispanic (36%) and other (23%) caregivers.

SUPPORT GROUPS ARE MOST POPULAR AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN AND HISPANIC CAREGIVERS

African-American and Hispanic caregivers rely heavily on support groups. In fact, among those surveyed, African-American (47%) and Hispanic (50%) caregivers were significantly more likely to currently use a support group than other race caregivers (29%). Yet only around half of African-American respondents and a little more than one-third of Hispanic respondents said that they felt the support groups they were able to access were appropriate to their specific religious or ethnic background. Interestingly, religious respondents overall were more likely to have access to a support group than non-religious respondents (47% versus 36%).

The survey also found that a majority of caregivers African Americans in particular wished they had more emotional support from friends and family as well as knowledge and direction from healthcare professionals. At diagnosis, caregivers overall wished they had received more information about Alzheimer's disease (75%) and treatment options (75%); African-American caregivers (83%) surveyed were significantly more likely than Hispanic (73%) and other (68%) caregivers to wish they had received more information.

MAJORITY OF CAREGIVERS UNAWARE OF COMBINATION THERAPY

When it comes to treatment, a majority of caregivers surveyed overall were not currently aware of combination therapy (67%). Combination therapy describes treatment combining medication from the two classes of Alzheimer's disease drugs currently approved by the FDA. African-American (26%) and Hispanic (32%) caregivers were less likely than other race (38%) caregivers to be aware of combination therapy.


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Contact: Judy Welage
welagej@fleishman.com
212-453-2478
Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.
14-Mar-2007


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