The Alzheimer’s Association released their 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Facts and Figures Report. Did you know that every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease? The number of Americans with AD and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U. S. population age 65 and older continues to increase. To view a brief highlight video or learn more, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website by clicking here.
Losing the ability to verbally communicate can be a frustrating and difficult issue for people with dementia, their families and caregivers. The person with dementia experiences a gradual decline in the ability to communicate, finding it increasingly difficult to understand others and to clearly convey needs.
There are many causes of dementia, each affecting the brain differently. Each person with dementia is unique: there is no “one size fits all” approach. Therefore, strategies for communicating are unique to each person.
An estimated 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease; this number is expected to double by the year 2050 as the elderly segment of our population grows.
Specifically, as Baby Boomers age, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease will proliferate. Not only does the disease have a significant emotional impact on individuals and their families, it also causes severe family financial burden and places considerable demands on the greater public health system.
There is more to Alzheimer’s disease than memory loss warns Diane Darby Beach, MPH, Ed.D, director of education and outreach for the Vista Gardens Memory Care Community.
How often have you misplaced your keys this week? How many times have you forgotten why you walked into a particular room in your house, only to re-trace your steps and recall why you went there in the first place? Have you been at the grocery store or other public place and run into your neighbor (one who’s lived in your neighborhood for years) and you cannot remember her name?