Holland Senior Living News – January 16, 2014

Getting the Facts… Alzheimer’s Disease

  • 5.4 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia.
  • $183 billion annually is spent on this disease.
  • 14.9 million family members pro-vide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia .

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to loss of memory, thinking and other brain functions. Alzheimer’s is not a part of normal aging, but results from a complex pattern of abnormal changes. It usually develops slowly and gradually gets worse as more brain cells wither and die.

Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is fatal, and currently, there is no cure.
But there is a worldwide research effort underway to develop a new generation of more effective treatments. The Alzheimer’s Association is moving this research initiative forward by funding scientists who are searching for more answers and new treatments, collaborating with stakeholders, and raising the visibility of Alzheimer’s as a global health challenge.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, a general term used to describe various diseases and conditions that dam-age brain cells. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Other types include vascular dementia, mixed dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontal temporal dementia.

Major Milestones
Alzheimer’s disease was first de-scribed in 1906. In the century since then, scientists have made remarkable strides in understanding how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and learning how to make life better for affected individuals and families.

Below are some important milestones in our progress, including the founding of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1980, which has played a key role in advancing research and raising awareness of the disease.

  • 1906-1960: First discovery
  • 1970-1979: Modern research
  • 1980-1989: Awareness
  • 1990-1999: Treatments emerge
  • 2000-2009: Progress and hope
  • 2010-2019: Setting a national agenda

Hollander Senior Living knows that education is key when dealing with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. For more information visit their website, which is www.alz.org or call them directly at 1-800-272-3900.