Awareness: Dealing with a loved one going through Dementia

This story might make you cry. (We did. Many times.)Melissa was 14 when her father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. This is what she remembers about her father. Take a moment to watch and listen to her story.

Posted by Our Better World on 14hb September 2017

8 Dementia Myths and the Truth Behind Them

Myth No. 1: Dementia is caused by exposure to aluminum.

Myth No. 2: Dementia is caused by early drug abuse.

Myth No. 3: There is nothing you can do about dementia once you have it.

Myth No. 4: Concussions in youth and middle age cause dementia.

Myth No. 5: Red wine protects you from dementia.

Myth No. 6: If someone in your family has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you will have it too.

Myth No. 7: Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the same thing.

Myth No. 8: Gingko biloba can prevent memory loss.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/alzheimers/8-dementia-myths-and-the-truth-behind-them.aspx

 

Alzheimer’s Facts

Alzheimer’s is a global epidemic. Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including more than 5 million in the United States alone. By sharing the facts, you can help change these numbers. When you talk about Alzheimer’s, you help raise awareness and inspire action. Learn the facts. Share the numbers. Help change the future.

The RiSK is real.

  • A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, and as real a concern as breast cancer is to women’s health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
  • Approximately half a million people die each year because they have Alzheimer’s.

Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s.

  • More than 3 in 5 unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women — and there are 2.5 more women than men who provide 24-hour care for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • In 2014, 15.7 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at more than $217 billion.
  • Because of caregiving duties, women are likely to experience adverse consequences in the workplace. Nearly 19 percent of women Alzheimer’s caregivers had to quit work either to become a caregiver or because their caregiving duties became too burdensome.

We need our collective brainpower to fight Alzheimer’s.