What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
*The most common form of dementia.
*A progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss, possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.
*Involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.
*Can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
Who has Alzheimer’s Disease?
*In 2018, as many as 5.7 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease.
*The symptoms of the disease first appear after age 60 and the risk increases with age.
*Younger people may get Alzheimer’s disease, but it is less common.
*The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
*By 2050, this number is projected to rise to 14 million, a nearly three-fold increase.
Support for Family and Friends
Currently, the vast majority of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease are cared for at home by family members.
Caregiving can have positive aspects for the caregiver, as well as the person being cared for. The caregiver may feel satisfaction from helping a family member or friend and may experience the development of new skills and improved family relationships.
Although most people willingly provide care to their loved ones and friends, caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease at home is a difficult task and may become overwhelming. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. As the disease gets worse, people living with Alzheimer's disease often need more intensive care.
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