Dementia related illnesses affect millions of Americans each year
The term “dementia” is thrown around alot these days. However, dementia in and of itself is not an actual disease, but is instead used as an all-encompassing term to describe the effects of various diseases associated with memory loss, personality change, and confusion. At Synergy HomeCare, we understand that watching a loved one suffer from dementia is a painful experience. In today’s blog, we will cover some of the basic facts you need to know about dementia.
Around 5.4 million American’s suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in 2016
Alzheimer’s disease, which is the cause of 60 to 70 percent of dementia symptoms, is a chronic disease that causes brain cells to die by affecting the overall structure and chemistry of the brain. In its earliest stages, Alzheimer’s disease causes short term memory loss, and, as it advances, causes an individual to experience disorientation, confusion, problems with language, mood swings, and behavioral issues. These symptoms will continue to grow as the disease progresses, and can become especially prevalent during the late afternoon or early evening.
Almost ⅔ of Alzheimer’s patients are women
Of the 5.4 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s, 3.3 million are women. This disparity is explained by the fact that women tend to live longer than men, and the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is advanced age. While a few other factors have been linked to increased Alzheimer’s instances in women, there isn’t a notable proportional difference of Alzheimer’s diagnoses between the two sexes.
Dementia is increasing on a national level, but it is not inevitable
It is a common myth that dementia is an inevitable part of growing older. While it is true that the majority of people with dementia are over the age of 65, no one is guaranteed to get dementia. Recent dementia statistics are affected in large part by the baby boomer generation. This generation has made up a large chunk of the U.S. population for over 60 years, and as baby boomers age, dementia related illnesses have increased. So, while dementia rates are increasing, it is important to realize the affects that baby boomers have on this statistic.
If your loved one is is suffering from an illness that causes dementia, contact our staff to see how we can help. At Synergy HomeCare we offer assisted living care, in-home care, transportation services, and a multitude of other options to ensure that your loved one receives the dementia related care that they need.