Age and Gender Differences in Attitudes and Knowledge about Alzheimer's Disease
Moreira, Rashidat Oladotun
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The purpose of this study was to examine possible age and gender discrepancies in knowledge and attitudes towards individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Data were taken from a Midwestern survey study of community-dwelling adults aged 18-88 (N=211). Participants were divided into two age groups: younger adults (ages 18-49), and older adults, encompassing the Baby Boom generation (ages 49+). The findings indicated that, relative to older adults, younger adults were: less likely to know someone with AD; less likely to make lifestyle changes to reduce their AD risk; and less factually knowledgeable about AD. However, younger adults reported more positive attitudes about AD. When demographic variables, knowing someone with AD, and knowledge of AD were examined simultaneously as predictors of attitudes, the following were significant: age, knowledge, and knowing someone with AD. Gender had no significant relationships with any of the outcome variables examined. Interpretations of these findings were discussed.