Alzheimer’s Disease remains on the rise as senior population increases.
More than 5 million Americans are now living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. When then-President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than 2 million Americans had the disease. As the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to grow, so does the number of cases. The current figure, 5 million, is expected to triple in 2050 if no medical breakthroughs to halt the disease are found. Globally, a person will develop Alzheimer’s every 4 seconds.
Alzheimer’s Disease (named after Alois Alzheimer who first described the symptoms in 1906) is also the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Chiefly a brain disease and not considered a normal part of aging, Alzheimer’s is most notably associated with deterioration of a person’s mental faculties such as memory loss and difficulty performing simple tasks. As the disease worsens and brain cells die or break down, the brain ceases to operate and carry out the supplying of oxygen and energy to the body. The result is always fatal, and there is no cure.
National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month hopes to bring more attention to the seriousness of the disease, how widespread it is and how it can impact society. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), there are many ways that people can take action to get the word out about Alzheimer’s. These include educating others about Alzheimer’s, urging them to minimize any stigma about the disease and donating toward research to end the disease. Each year, people are asked to wear purple (the official color that unites those working to end Alzheimer’s) and turn their Facebook and Twitter pages purple in an effort to bring attention to the plight of those stricken with the disease.
November is also National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the U.S. Some are daughters and sons who sacrifice much of their own lives to create a positive environment for mothers, fathers, spouses and relatives who suffer from the devastating disease. Other caregivers work tirelessly in medical facilities to help Alzheimer’s patients.
Home Care Assistance is committed to helping patients and families that face the ravages of Alzheimer’s, providing compassionate in home care that can include assisting with the activities of daily living and performing essential household tasks to constant emotional support at every stage of the disease. Our senior care professionals provide activities that focus on each patient’s skills and abilities and the things they can still enjoy doing.
Fort Worth Home Care Assistance proudly trains caregivers in our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method so that clients receive one-to-one mental stimulation as well as support with basic care and activities of daily living. The Cognitive Therapeutics Method not only improves our clients’ mental acuity, but also their overall engagement and happiness. www.dementiatherapeutics.com
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