Almost 70% of black and Hispanic families who have relatives with Alzheimer's disease dismiss their symptoms as part of aging, compared with about half of non-Hispanic whites, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the Miami Herald reports. The telephone survey, conducted from Jan. 9 through Feb. 6, included responses from 655 adults. According to the survey, blacks and Hispanics also were less likely than non-Hispanic whites to place relatives with Alzheimer's in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and more likely to rely on support groups. Researchers attributed the results of the survey in part to lack of education about Alzheimer's and stigma related to the disease among some cultural groups. In addition, researchers said that the results of the survey could help explain later diagnoses of Alzheimer's among blacks and Hispanics. Warachal Faison, a physician who worked on the survey, said, "Either they don't know what the symptoms are, or health professionals are not educating them" (Robinson, Miami Herald, 3/14).


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