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Alzheimer's: The Most Worrisome Disease Of Later Life



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ANCHOR LEAD: November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, and a new study reveals growing concern over the impact of the disease. Brian Osuch has the story. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A recent study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave found that people overwhelmingly cite Alzheimer's as the disease they're most worried about in later life. Merrill Lynch's Cyndi Hutchins… CUT: (Hutchins) Until recently, most people have said cancer was the scariest disease of later life. However, our new research finds that more people now cite Alzheimer's as the scariest health condition of later life – and that's more than cancer, strokes, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis combined. SCRIPT: As the industry's first financial gerontologist, Hutchins helps Merrill Lynch advisors prepare families for all aspects of aging and longevity. CUT: (Hutchins) While all chronic illnesses involve financial and emotional costs, but Alzheimer's disease can be particularly disruptive. People's greatest fears about it include being a burden on their family and the loss of dignity. We hope that raising awareness will help lead to innovative medicines and therapies, and then some day a cure. SCRIPT: Merrill Lynch offers a Caregiver's Financial Guide related to Alzheimer's. For more information, visit ml.com/retire. That's Newsbreak for Merrill Lynch.
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