More than 1 in 3 likely voters have a loved one with Alzheimer’s,
60% of likely voters fear a loved one will develop it
1 in 5 voters are more likely to vote for someone committed
to making Alzheimer’s a national priority.
Washington, DC. A new national bipartisan survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) in conjunction with Laszlo Strategies showed more than 1 in 3 likely voters currently have a loved one such as a parent, sibling, spouse, child, member of their extended family, or a close friend with Alzheimer’s.
Roughly 1 in 5 likely American voters are more likely to vote for someone who is committed to making Alzheimer’s a national priority and this is across party lines. In a close election, that can more than determine the outcome. Nearly half of all voters think “the government is not doing enough” to address Alzheimer’s. The remaining voters are evenly split, 28% “don’t know” and 28% think “the government is doing enough.”
“For 38% of likely voters to have a close and current connection to any disease is staggering. But it is not fully surprising as for those Americans aged 65 and over, 1 in 8 will develop Alzheimer's, and nearly half of people aged 85 and older will have the disease. Many voters are currently caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s and some get Alzheimer’s much earlier as well,” said Republican pollster Robert Blizzard of POS.
“We are living in a time when every 68 seconds another American develops Alzheimer's, and as the baby boomers get older those numbers will double. Voters impacted by Alzheimer’s are clearly concerned and want more action and attention from the government focused on Alzheimer’s,” said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, PhD.
Sixty percent of likely voters are afraid that someone they take care of, like a parent, will develop Alzheimer's. Fear of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s is more pronounced among those who know someone with Alzheimer’s (68-29), as are personal fears (44-54).
“Many of America's baby boomers will spend precious retirement years either with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who has it,” said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association which commissioned the research. “Beyond the human devastation of this disease which is significant, it will also place an unsustainable burden on Medicare and Medicaid. With 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. advancing in age we can't keep postponing a solution.”
The survey of 1000 likely 2012 voters (1000 weighted) nationwide was conducted from September 8-12, 2012. Unless otherwise noted, margin of error= +/-3.1 percentage points at 95% confidence.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY ON ALZHEIMER’S AT PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
ROBERT EGGE, VICE PRESIDENT,
PUBLIC POLICY ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
Egge can comment on:
- Caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States 20 trillion dollars in today’s dollars during the next 40 years, the overwhelming majority of which will be paid by Medicare and Medicaid.
- More than 1 in 3 likely voters have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, 60% of likely voters fear a loved one will develop it.
- 1 in 5 voters are more likely to vote for someone committed to making Alzheimer’s a national priority.
- Every 68 seconds another American develops Alzheimer’s with as many as 10 million baby boomers developing the disease in their lifetime.
- Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visitwww.alz.org.
Robert Egge is the Alzheimer’s Association’s Vice President of Public Policy.With policy experience in Alzheimer’s and related healthcare issues, Mr. Egge leads the Association’s Public Policy division based in Washington, DC. The division includes federal affairs, state affairs, public health and grassroots advocacy teams working in pursuit of policies to better serve those affected by Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Chief among these priorities are increasing federal support for Alzheimer’s research and treatment development, enhancing Alzheimer’s care and support, and improving Alzheimer’s planning, coordination and execution by federal and state agencies.
In his previous position as Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Study Group, Mr. Egge led a review of the broad range of challenges posed to the nation by the mounting Alzheimer crisis, and opportunities to address them. The Alzheimer’s Study Group, a blue ribbon task force of national leaders co-chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, was created to develop a national strategic plan to address Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Egge worked closely with Gingrich, Kerrey and other Alzheimer’s Study Group members such as Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to shape and develop the group’s national assessment, strategy and specific policy proposals.
Mr. Egge’s editorials have appeared in a variety of newspapers including the New York Times, the Financial Times, Business Week. He has also testified before the U.S. House and Senate on Alzheimer’s policy, and has given frequent television, radio and print interviews on Alzheimer’s and health care policy.