Nov 29, 2008

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2008

The Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one source of information for the entire Alzheimer's community. The blog focuses on those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's caregivers, and the art of Alzheimer's caregiving. 100 Million people have been touched by Alzheimer's disease, and 35 million are worried about Alzheimer's.

Each day, 1,232 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

• 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime.

• Every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s.

• Alzheimer's is the seventh-leading cause of death.

• The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year.

The report is a comprehensive statistical abstract of U.S. data on Alzheimer’s disease that includes:

• prevalence
• mortality
• the costs of Alzheimer care
• family caregiving
• a special report on lifetime risk

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2008 (43 pages)

The report is free and can be obtained online by following the link.

Facts on dementia and cognitive decline

Here are some facts about Alzheimer's and dementia:

Dementia is marked by a loss of memory and at least one of the following cognitive abilities:

-- The ability speak coherently and understand spoken or written language

-- The ability to recognize or identify objects

-- The ability to execute motor activities

-- The ability to think abstractly, make sound judgments and plan and carry out complex tasks

This decline must be severe enough to interfere with daily life

Mild cognitive impairment causes problems with memory, language or another essential cognitive function that are severe enough to be noticeable to others and show up on tests, but not severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Some people with mild cognitive impairment go on to develop dementia but the condition can also resolve.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 4,600 articles with more than 341,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.

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