What does the public believe?
Alzheimer’s disease affects approximately 5.4 million people in the United States. Although there are no proven strategies to prevent the disease, much has been learned in recent years about possible risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease beyond genetics and age. These possible factors include physical activity, diet, social connections, and environmental exposures. In their recent publication, investigators Scott Roberts, PhD, Sara McLaughlin, PhD, and Cathleen Connell, PhD conducted a study to assess public belief and knowledge about risk and protective factors for Alzheimer's disease. They found that older and middle-aged adults are interested in their Alzheimer's disease risk status and believe that steps can be taken to reduce disease risk.