Not much was worse in my life than watching my parents quickly disintegrate thanks to dementia. It happened fast. One day my dad was completing the NYT crossword in less than an hour and the next day he needed help with his basic daily functioning.
Are You Worried About Getting Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is said to be the most common kind of dementia.
There are some 5 million people in the US suffering from it.
Now there is new research from ALZ,org.
Women age 60 and older have a 1 in 6 chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime, and are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared with breast cancer.
In comparison, men, have a 1 in 11 chance of getting Alzheimer’s.
Here is more:
- Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems (such as balancing your checkbook)
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
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