While Alzheimer’s is a fairly common disease, many facts pertaining to the condition still remain unknown to the general public. If you are concerned about the possibility of your elderly loved one developing Alzheimer’s and want to learn more, here are some little-known facts that could impact the lives of seniors who are living with or are at risk for this disease.
1. Someone Is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Every 68 Seconds
One out of every nine people over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s. In the United States, more than five million seniors are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By the year 2050, medical experts believe a person over the age of 65 will develop this disease every 33 seconds. This is likely because more people are living longer.
2. Diagnosing the Disease Is Difficult
More than half of the individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are unaware they have it. This happens because the disease is hard to diagnose during its early stages. As doctors discover more methods to diagnose Alzheimer’s, the percentage of seniors who remain undiagnosed will decrease.
3. Alzheimer’s Isn’t Exclusive to Seniors
While many people believe only seniors over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, this is not true. The disease affects five percent of people under the age of 65. While the early-onset variety of Alzheimer’s can develop when people are in their 30s, it is more likely to appear in their 40s and 50s. Most cases where Alzheimer’s symptoms appear early are caused by a genetic component.
4. Life Expectancy Is Unknown
The time it takes for Alzheimer’s disease to progress varies from person to person, which makes it nearly impossible for doctors to give seniors a timetable pertaining to how long they will live with the disease. Generally, the sooner a person is diagnosed with the disease, the higher his or her chances of living longer will be. Therefore, it is important your elderly loved one receives treatment and Scottsdale Alzheimer’s care as soon as possible after a diagnosis.
With the increased popularity of aging in place, 80 percent of seniors are receiving care in their homes instead of going to a nursing home facility. This helps seniors ease the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, showing how much of an impact Scottsdale home care can have on quality of life.
Another little-known fact the Alzheimer’s care experts at Home Care Assistance want to share with you is that our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM) can help boost a senior’s mental acuity. CTM uses activities to help slow cognitive decline, delay the onset of dementia, and help seniors build new routines to look forward to. In addition to Alzheimer’s care, we also offer dementia, post-stroke, and Parkinson’s care Scottsdale seniors can count on. For more information on CTM and our other elderly care services, call 480.448.6215 to request a no-obligation consultation.