-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Family caregivers' greatest
concerns about the progression of a loved one's Alzheimer's disease
are memory loss (41 percent), personal safety (33 percent) and
confusion (27 percent), finds a new survey.
The poll of 524 caregivers also found that 67 percent named at
least one cognitive (or thinking skills') change in their loved one
as a main concern; 55 percent said caring for a loved one with
Alzheimer's has taken a toll on their own health; and 60 percent
said they felt overwhelmed.
Male caregivers were more concerned about memory loss than women
-- 50 percent versus 37 percent.
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive in September for
drug makers Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc., in partnership with the
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).
Among the other findings about issues caregivers face:
"These survey results reveal that changes in cognition as the disease progresses were an important concern among caregivers. We encourage caregivers and health care professionals to discuss these changes and any others during regular visits," Eric J. Hall, president and CEO of the AFA, said in a Harris Interactive news release.
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