Anticipated stigma and dementia-related anxiety in middle-aged and older adults

Molly Maxfield, Jeff Greenberg

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Heightened awareness and perceived negativity of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) may increase health-related concerns about developing ADRD, also called dementia-related anxiety. Anticipating greater levels of ADRD stigma was expected to be associated with greater dementia-related anxiety. Middle-aged and older adults (N = 183, aged 40-80, M = 59.57) responded to online questionnaires about anticipated ADRD stigma, ADRD exposure, dementia-related anxiety, and potential psychosocial correlates of dementiarelated anxiety. Multivariate regression analyses revealed that self-perceived ADRD risk, ADRD exposure, and anticipated stigma remained significantly associated with dementia-related anxiety, after controlling for demographic variables. Reducing ADRD stigma may ease dementia-related anxiety, an area for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalGeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • ADRD exposure
  • anticipated ADRD stigma
  • dementia-related anxiety
  • self-perceived dementia risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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