What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s
One in three people will suffer from dementia in his or her lifetime. The most common form of the disease, Alzheimer’s, is estimated to affect some five and a half million Americans, with the number expected to grow to 16 million by the year 2050.
Despite the huge impact the disease has on families all over the world, there are still a number of common misconceptions surrounding the disease. With Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month coming up next month, we thought we’d run through the basics of everything you should know about the condition.
Alzheimer’s is more than just memory loss. The disease directly affects three parts of the brain. Along with memory, a person’s ability to speak and think rationally will gradually deteriorate.
The effects of Alzheimer’s only gets worse. As a degenerative disease, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s only get worse over time.
It can affect young people. The disease is generally thought of as something that only affects those over a certain age, but in the United States alone there are 200,000 people living with the condition under the age of 65. The youngest person to ever be diagnosed with the condition was just 27 years old.
Ethnicity seems to be a factor. American Asians, Caucasians, and Pacific Islanders are all over 50% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than African Americans. Researchers have, so far, been unable to pinpoint the exact reasoning behind this.
Two-thirds of those living with Alzheimer’s are women. Medical researchers believe that the differences in hormones could be one of the factors behind why women are more likely to develop the disease than men are.
A cure could be within reach. Although there haven’t been any new treatments released for Alzheimer’s in over a decade, there have been recent medical breakthroughs that point to a cure being closer than ever before. Researchers have been able to pinpoint not only the proteins responsible for causing the disease, but also ways in which to stop them from developing in the first place.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is incredibly difficult. Due to constant mood swings, hallucinations, and memory problems, looking after someone with severe Alzheimer’s is never straightforward. If you or someone you know needs help looking after a loved one, Always Best Care’s in-home care in Dallascould be the ideal solution. Our Caregivers are all trained to give patient and attentive care to anyone living with the condition. What’s more, because we know Alzheimer’s can affect a senior at any time of day or night, we offer a 24-hour service to give our clients added peace of mind.