Half of Germans fear dementia in old age
Half of Germans are scared of suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a survey published on Thursday found, making it second only to cancer among the nation’s health fears. But neither of them is the nation’s biggest killer.
While exactly 50 percent of people were concerned about dementia, 68 percent feared a cancer diagnosis above all else, the survey for health insurer DAK-Gesundheit found.
The number saying they feared dementia or Alzheimer’s disease increased by one percentage point over the figure for 2014, but short of 2011’s peak of 54 percent.
Meanwhile, fear of cancer had fallen one percentage point since 2014 and was well short of its 2010-11 peak of 73 percent.
Young people were even more concerned about cancer than the over-60s, with 73 percent of 14 to 44-year-olds saying they were worried about the disease compared with 60 percent of seniors.
Close behind dementia among worries were serious accidents, stroke and heart attack, at 48 percent, 48 percent and 41 percent respectively.
Heart disorders ought to be top of Germans’ priority list, as they were found to be the most common cause of death in a study published in June.
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