Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common chronic conditions, affecting more than 5 million people in the United States. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is expected to increase, with more than 28 million baby boomers developing the disease over the next few decades. While Alzheimer’s is common, there are many facts about this disease that may surprise you.
1. Alzheimer’s disease has seven stages.
Alzheimer’s progresses through seven stages. Most people do not notice symptoms of Alzheimer’s beyond what they think is normal forgetfulness until the disease reaches its third stage: mild cognitive impairment. Many people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s during the fourth stage, at which point the condition has progressed to moderate. The moderate stage is usually the longest and may last for years. By the start of stage five, most people with the disease require Lehigh Valley Alzheimer’s home care.
2. Someone develops Alzheimer’s in the U.S. every 68 seconds.
By 2050, this incidence rate is projected to double, with someone developing the disease every 33 seconds. The growth in the incidence rate is due to the large generation of aging baby boomers as well as more people living into their 80s and 90s, as the likelihood of Alzheimer’s increases with age.
3. One in nine seniors has Alzheimer’s.
About one in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, and one-third of people aged 85 and older have AD. According to Medicare, one-third of seniors who die in any given year had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.
4. Education can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Research has found that the more education a person has, the lower their risk of Alzheimer’s. Older adults can reduce their risk of AD by learning new things later in life, including learning a new language, learning to play an instrument, or taking classes at a community college.
5. Over 15 million people are family caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Family caregivers provide about 80 percent of the care seniors with Alzheimer’s receive at home and more than 70 percent of these caregivers are women. Nearly 15 percent of caregivers drive at least an hour or more to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. It’s estimated that 800,000 people with Alzheimer’s are living alone with no identified in-home caregiver.
Meeting the care needs of a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be challenging, especially as the disease progresses. Discover additional help and support by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of elderly care Lehigh Valley families trust, we ensure seniors have the help they need to maintain safety and wellness in the comfort of home. For more information, call 484-350-3874 and speak with a dedicated Care Manager today.