受訪民眾目前有家人罹患阿茲海默症的佔5.1%，其他親戚朋友的長輩有罹患阿茲海默症的佔10.2%。只有約兩成民眾在所接受的學校教育中曾介紹過阿茲海默症，高達85.9%的民眾認為應加強此方面的教育，而民眾覺得最需要阿茲海默症的相關資訊是如何預防罹患阿茲海默症。因此建議學校教育應儘速介入，以提升民眾對此症的認知。 Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the major disease in dementia, also known as Senile Dementia, is found mainly in the elderly. As the senile population is blooming promptly, Taiwan encounters a greatly aging era, and AD becomes a challenge. To investigate the integral understanding of AD among people in Tainan city, we used a structured questionnaire which was composed of four domains: “dementia related knowledge”, “the sign and cure of AD”, “support for the family members” and “preventives for AD”.
Results showed that the understanding of AD was very low, even below 60%. The worst part was “social support for the family members”, the score was only 38%. Though the best part was “preventives for AD”, the score was 61%. People under 40 or above college had better knowledge of AD.
There were 5.1 % of people whose family had AD, and 10.2% whose elderly members of relatives or friends had AD. Only about 20% of people had learned AD in their academic education. Up to 85.9% of people were concerned with this issue, and believed that integral knowledge of AD should be added in academic education. The most needed information for AD was how to prevent suffering from this disease. Our results suggested schooling should intervene promptly for the education of AD so as to promote people’s cognition of AD.