According to the Alzheimer's Association, an estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease - or about one in eight people age 65 and older. As we continue to live longer than ever before, that number is expected to increase to around 7.7 million in 2030 and an estimated 14 million in 2050.
Alzheimer's disease, along with other forms of dementia, involves a decline in memory, language ability and rational thinking, all of which affect one's ability to function and participate in social relationships.
If you have an aging loved one, it's important to be on the lookout for any signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, as early diagnosis is critical in the fight against dementia. The warning signs of early stage Alzheimer's and dementia include difficulty in the following situations: recalling recent events; making decisions and judgments; managing routine chores; expressing thoughts and feelings; processing what others say; and handling complex tasks, such as balancing a checkbook.
Mild cognitive impairment may be an even earlier warning sign to watch out for dementia - scientists estimate that more than 80 percent of people with mild cognitive impairment develop Alzheimer's disease within 10 years. The main symptom of mild cognitive impairment is persistent difficulty recalling information and events.
If you think your loved one may be showing signs of Alzheimer's or dementia, see a specialist as soon as possible, as treatment is most effective early on and has been shown to slow the progression of the disease.
The Virginia L. Lootens Law Office is especially staffed to refer you to quality professionals and care facilities that specialize in the needs of those struggling with Alzheimer's. All you need to do is ask, we are here to help.