November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. In the coming weeks, MediNurse will post a mini-series of blogs offering facts about Alzheimer’s, signs to watch for, tips for caretakers and more.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen overtime. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.
One in eight American’s are affected by Alzheimer’s and it is the sixth leading
cause of death in the United States. Today, 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
The greatest known risk factor is increasing age. Generally, Alzheimer’s affects people age 65 and older. But, about 5% of people with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s which affects people in their 40’s and 50’s.
Currently, there is no cure for the disease. Some drug and non-drug treatments may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Researchers are looking for new treatments to alter the course of the disease and improve the quality of life for people with dementia.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Alzheimer’s, MediNurse can help. We understand the devastating toll this disease can take on family members. Our
registered nurses can provide private-duty, round-the-clock care and offer caregivers additional support when needed. For information, visit www.medinurse.com or call 314-781-2800.