Senior Helpers Report Majority of Americans Polled Fail National Alzheimer’s Quiz

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Disease affects half of us, yet we don’t know much about it.

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We have a crisis in America because Alzheimer’s is a deadly epidemic yet this quiz shows many people still don’t know enough about the disease or how to best communicate with a loved one who has it.

It may hit the siblings when visiting mom this Mother’s Day. She’s not as sharp as she used to be - very forgetful and confused. Is it old age or Alzheimer’s? The realization that not much is known about the disease can be worrisome.

Half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s, the deadly disease that affects five million people - more women than men. Yet in a recent Senior Helpers National Alzheimer’s Quiz taken by more than one thousand Americans, 67% or 2/3 failed (they got fewer than 60% of the questions correct).

That’s why Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s largest providers of in-home senior care, has launched Senior Gems, a free and revolutionary Alzheimer’s education program that assigns each stage of the disease to a gem, like a diamond or ruby, and gives step-by-step instruction so people can navigate every mood and movement of a loved one trying to cope through the various stages of the disease. Readers/viewers can get a free DVD that walks them through the Senior Gems program by visiting

“We have a crisis in America because Alzheimer’s is a deadly epidemic yet this quiz shows many people still don’t know enough about the disease or how to best communicate with a loved one who has it. As our population grows older and lives longer, families will need survival skills to cope through the vicious cycles of the disease and manage the stressful toll it takes on everyone,” says Peter Ross, CEO and founder of Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s largest in-home senior care companies and co- creator of the Senior Gems program. “We launched Senior Gems to give caregivers and family members a hands-on guide for education and survival.”

Pam’s Mother’s Day Heartbreak
Pam Huntoon from Twin Cities, Minnesota says she didn’t know much about Alzheimer’s disease until her 85-year-old mother was diagnosed. “You suddenly do a ton of research but that doesn’t teach you how to handle the person in real life situations,” she says. “Mom used to be witty and sharp with a great sense of humor. Now she has hallucinations and she’s very confused. It’s a struggle.”

Pam watched the Senior Gems DVD and hired a Senior Helper’s caregiver trained in Gems to help with her mom five days a week. “It has been such a blessing to have this help. I’ve learned it’s not Mom’s fault that she acts this way that she can’t help herself. I can’t argue or prove my point. Gems has taught me to be patient and kind and that has been a lifesaver as we guide Mom through this final stage of her life.”

To Tell This Story:

  • Print the quiz in its entirety so the audience can take the quiz and see how they stack-up.
  • Please provide a link so the audience can receive a free DVD of the Senior Gems program. The audience can also learn the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s by visiting

*Editor’s Note: Please cite Senior Helpers as the source for this quiz.
*This online quiz was given by a third party, commissioned by Senior Helpers.
*The survey included 1,013 respondents: male and female, 40 years or older, with a living parent. Full survey data available upon request.

About Senior Helpers:
Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has 300 franchises in 39 states and one in Canada offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. For more information, please visit

About Senior Gems:
Senior Gems is a revolutionary program to help family members and professional caregivers properly care for their aging loved ones through each stage of dementia. Teepa Snow began developing her Gem Levels in 2006. In 2011, the Senior Gem program was created with her guidance and assistance. This program puts Senior Helpers at the forefront of individual and in-home dementia-specialized care giving as they offer all of their in-home companions and caregivers the opportunity to become dementia care certified through the training program.

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