September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. What do you really know about Alzheimer’s? Here’s your chance to get more insight into one of the most prevalent diseases to affect the elderly.
#10 – About 2 out of 3 Alzheimer’s patients is female. In the U.S., 5.3 million people were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Of those people, 3.3 million were women.
#9 – The first case of Alzheimer’s dates back to 1906. Germany’s Dr. Alois Alzheimer studied the brain of a patient who had died following memory loss and delusions. He found her brain mass had deteriorated.
#8 – A higher education level may help protect you from Alzheimer’s. According to a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine study, men and women who attended college or continued to learn in their adult years had lower levels of a protein linked to Alzheimer’s.
#7 – The first drug trial took place in 1987. While Alzheimer’s was discovered in the early 1900’s, it would be 80 years before a drug entered clinical trials. It took another six years before the drug would be approved by the FDA and available to Alzheimer’s patients.
#6 – Many of the states with the highest incidences of Alzheimer’s being the cause of death are in the south. Per CDC statistics, the top 10 states are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
#5 – Half of seniors 85 or older have Alzheimer’s. By the time you reach the age of 85, you have a 50/50 chance of having Alzheimer’s disease.
#4 – Alzheimer’s deaths has almost doubled in 14 years. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of deaths where Alzheimer’s was the cause increased by 89 percent.
#3 – Family members often opt to provide the bulk of the care. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 83 percent of the care that Alzheimer’s patients receive is provided by unpaid caregivers, usually a married female friend or family member.
#2 – Memory loss isn’t the only troubling symptom. Many patients find foods don’t taste the same and end up hating foods they used to love.
#1 – The FDA approved trials for a new drug that improves memory. VU319 performed well in helping improve cognitive function in animals. Studies now shift to see if it also helps improve cognitive function in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
When your parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s normal to want to offer all the necessary care. Memory care communities are expensive, and insurance doesn’t always cover the cost. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the average yearly cost for a semi-private room is just over $82,000. Prices vary from state to state, so it may be far more expensive in your area.
Homecare is the more affordable option at approximately $20 per hour. Learn more about hiring a caregiver to help you with memory care at home. Call a local homecare agency today.