Survey: Alzheimer's feared the most

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NEW YORK, May 11 (UPI) — U.S. adults fear getting Alzheimer’s disease more than heart disease, stroke or diabetes, says a survey by the MetLife Foundation.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found despite the fear of Alzheimer’s nearly nine out of 10 U.S. adults have taken no steps to prepare for the illness, although it can attack nearly 50 percent of those who live past age 85.

The survey also found that more than one-third of U.S. adults have a family member or friend who has Alzheimer’s, and three out of five are concerned that they may someday have to provide for or care for someone with the disease.

The MetLife Foundation survey also found eight out of 10 think it is important to plan ahead for the possibility of getting Alzheimer’s, but 87 percent have taken no steps to prepare for the possibility. For example, 58 percent report that they have not designated anyone to take care of their affairs if they were to get Alzheimer’s disease.

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