RB5_21  Beliefs about Dementia and Risk-Reducing Behavior: An Empirical Analysis of Adults Age 40 and Above in the Midwest, Metro versus Nonmetro.

This paper uses microdata from the AARP survey on the Perceptions Related to a Dementia Diagnosis: Adults Age 40+ to explore the characteristics of Midwesterners who believe that they are at higher risk of dementia; both metro and nonmetro geographies were studied. Data analysis shows that 17% of the Midwesterners harbor the belief that they are at higher risk of dementia and intake of medicine to help with memory interferes with engaging in dementia risk-reducing behavior.