The prevalence of hypertension and CHD among veterans was higher than 60.0%, which was the highest among CCD; the prevalence of PD, AD and dementia were low among CDND, whereas the prevalence of CVD and sleep disorders were relatively high [Table 1].
Compared with CCD such as hypertension, among the approaches to access knowledge about CDND, the rates of the use of health care professionals were significantly reduced to 10.6-28.2%.
This study demonstrated that the chronic disease awareness status among elderly veterans with or without chronic diseases was relatively good, but the awareness status of strategies for the prevention of CDND was far lower than that of CCD.
Compared with CCD, the awareness status of CDND, particularly dementia, among elderly veterans was significantly lower.
Regarding the approaches used to access information about the prevention of CDND, the rates of the use of health care professionals were only 10.6-28.2%, whereas those for CCD were approximately 50%.
[sup],,,,,,, The awareness status for CDND was worse than that for hypertension regardless of the economic development level.