Shocking New Alzheimer’s Statistics
The Alzheimer’s Association recently released a fascinating new report I want to share with you:
Alzheimer’s Disease Prevalence Rates Rise to More than Five Million in the United States:
http://alz.org/news_and_events_rates_rise.asp and full report: http://alz.org/national/documents/Report_2007FactsAndFigures.pdf
I find these stats particularly amazing:
* In the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 72 seconds.
* There are 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s now, and by 2030 projected estimates are 7.7 million.
* Alzheimer’s deaths increased 33% from 2000-2004, while deaths from most of the other major diseases decreased.
What I found most encouraging is that there are nine drugs all the way into Phase lll clinical trials for A.D. and that several are showing great promise to slow or stop the progression of the disease! There are four medications in use now: Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne and Namenda, but the prospect of having several more options is huge--particularly for families who have exhausted the benefit of the existing meds. Instead of watching their loved one go deeper into dementia and facing the heart-break of nursing home time, they may soon be able to delay the decline longer.
I get so upset when I hear someone say that they were told the medications don’t help that much, so they aren’t going to try it on their elder. Hey, I bet if it was YOU sliding into scary dementia, you’d want to try anything to remain clearer-thinking and independent longer. And, during the time that the medication is keeping fewer of your brain cells from dying, the new medications may be released and work even better.
I can’t do enough for the Alzheimer’s Association--because after I floundered for a year struggling to get the answers to taking care of my elderly parents, they were the people who finally directed me properly. I always give out their Helpline number: 800-272-3900 -- and I encourage you to memorize it so you can pass it on to those you meet needing caregiving help. Calling that number from anywhere in the U.S. connects to that city’s local chapter. It is a great resource, even if your elder doesn’t have Alzheimer’s, because each chapter is aware of the eldercare resources in their area and can usually direct you.
You can learn more about Jacqueline and find information about her book at ElderRage.com.
Published On: April 09, 2007