In 2012 the Alzheimer’s Association reported that every 69 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s.
Today it is one every 67 seconds.
Which translates to
- 54 every hour
- 1290 every day
- 469,560 each year!
You probably know someone who has been or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease. You may even be a caregiver of someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
It is now the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., with an estimated 5.3 million people in the U.S. with it.
Being aware of the disease is the first step. The next is awareness about what the person with Alzheimers, their caregivers and family go through. What are they thinking? Feeling? What do they need? How can they get the help they need?
All of these questions need asked an answered on an individual basis. The challenges Alzheimer’s disease brings can change frequently.
Every day – sometimes it seems like every minute – can bring new challenges to those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. And all of them are Caregiving Heroes… both the caregivers and those who are receiving the care. Share their stories either here in the comments or on our Caregiving Heroes Facebook Page.
To your Happy&Healthy Caregiving,
Ina Gilmore, M.D.
Founder, www.CaregivingWithPurpose.com and www.TheKnittingYarn.com
Ambassador of Caregiving at www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com
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