The Reef for Male Caregivers – The “Did You Knows” of Dementia
Hello and welcome. With all the facts and statistics surrounding dementia, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the idea of our loved one having it.
Here are the “did you knows” of dementia:
1. Did you know that dementia is not the name of a specific disease?
Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
2. Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.?
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death, only under heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional accidents and stroke.
3. Did you know that there are two types, two forms and two categories of Alzheimer’s?
a. Two Types: Early and Late Onset
b. Two Forms: Left Temporal Lobe and Right Temporal Lobe
c. Two Categories: Sporadic and Hereditary
4. Did you know that the number of dementia sufferers is to double every 20 years?
Today’s study estimates that the number of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s will almost double every 20 years worldwide, to 65 million in 2030 and 115 million in 2050.
5. Did you know that almost two thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women?
Of the 5 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s in the United State, 3.2 million are women and 1.9 million are men.
6. Did you know that a person with Alzheimer’s may revert back to a native tongue if their primary language was not English?
As dementia progresses, it is common for bilingual people to lose the ability to communicate in the more recently acquired language.
7. Did you know that people born with Down Syndrome will eventually develop dementia?
As they age, those affected by Down syndrome have a greatly increased risk of developing a type of dementia that’s either the same as or very similar to Alzheimer’s disease.
To speak with us at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you again next month!