#Alzheimer’s and dementia

Margaret K. Danilovich*, Jonathan Tsay, Reda Al-Bahrani, Alok Choudhary, Ankit Agrawal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The authors performed Twitter data analysis to explore content relative to Alzheimer disease and dementia and then qualitatively coded tweets to explore themes. During a 1-month period, the authors collected 2739 tweets that referenced #alzheimer’s, #Alz, #dementia, or #dimentia. Content was posted by (1) caregivers (n = 1391), (2) caregiving organizations (n = 214), (3) general public (n = 854), and (4) news outlets (n = 66). Twitter content themes referenced social support and advocacy. Results show people document experiences with Alzheimer disease and memory loss on Twitter. Twitter could be used to broadly reach persons affected by memory impairment for social support and services, warranting future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Data mining
  • Dementia
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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