June 2018 is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and terminal illness that especially affects senior citizens. To date, there is extensive ongoing research but yet no cure. Here are several Alzheimer’s facts you need to know.
June 2018: Alzheimer’s, What Is It?
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. With time, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks becomes impossible. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
The disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, he noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After she died, he examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers.
These plaques and tangles in the brain are still considered some of the main features of Alzheimer’s disease. These clumps block nerve cells from transmitting messages. This damage first begins in the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain essential in forming memories. As nerve cells die, additional parts of the brain are destroyed. By the final stage of Alzheimer’s, damage is widespread, and brain tissue has shrunk significantly.
June 2018: Alzheimer’s Symptoms
Memory problems are one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s. A decline in other aspects of thinking, such as finding the right words, vision/spatial issues, and impaired reasoning/ judgment, can also signal early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
People with Alzheimer’s have trouble doing things like driving a car, cooking a meal, or paying bills. They may ask the same questions over and over, get lost easily, lose things or put them in odd places. Most alarming, they find even simple things confusing. As the disease gets worse, some people become worried, angry, or violent.
June 2018: Alzheimer’s Statistics
This disease is devastating in its reach and severity. The stats are alarming.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from heart disease have decreased 11% whereas deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123%.
1 in 3 senior citizens dies from Alzheimer’s disease. This is greater than prostate and breast cancer combined.
In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s will cost U.S taxpayers 277 billion dollars! By 2050, if no cure is found, this disease will cost the nation 1.1 trillion dollars! And, if the current trend continues, by 2050, 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Most frightening, every 65 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with this disease.
June 2018: Advanced Nursing and Rehabilitation New Haven CT 06519
The Advanced Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Haven, Ct provides skilled and compassionate nursing care for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Patients receive individualized care. In addition, our facility provides residents with familiarity, safety, and security.
Activities and daily assisted living focuses on helping residents using and strengthening their skills sets. Residents engage in specific activities that also help to stimulate their memory and to build ongoing friendships among the staff and other residents.
Schedule your tour of our facility and view our programs in action. Call us.