Friday, January 10, 2014

Stigma in healthcare: what is your attitude towards aging and mental health?

Take the survey

Ageism often rears its ugly head. There are many myths and negative attitudes towards those with physical and mental health issues. Here is a quiz to weed out some facts from myths. It's not totally up-to-date, but it will provide some food for thought.
Senior's Aging Quiz

Alzheimer's Disease is no exception:

Five-country survey of public experiences, attitudes and beliefs concerning Alzheimer's disease and the value of a diagnosis


More than eight in ten adults (85% to 95%) in each of the five countries said that if they were exhibiting confusion or memory loss, they would go to a doctor to determine if the cause of the symptoms was Alzheimer's disease. A large proportion of adults were worried that they or a family member will get Alzheimer's disease with surprising differences between countries (43% to 95%). More than half of adults (54% to 77%) said they had known someone who has Alzheimer's disease. Between 13% and 27% reported that they had been one of the people most involved in decision-making, financial support, or day-to-day care for someone with Alzheimer's disease. More than half of adults (52% to 71%) believed there was now or will be in the next five years an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Between 38% and 59% believed there was a reliable test currently available to determine if a person is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

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