Jun 18, 2014

Fear of Memory Loss Growing Fast

People over 55 years of age dread getting Alzheimer's disease more than any other disease; and the numbers are growing fast.

Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Over 60 million people are subscribing to the brain game and brain training experience Lumosity. You could think of Lumosity like a gym for your brain.

This clearly indicates that more and more people are getting worried about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.

A 2010 study by the Met Life Foundation found that people over 55 dread getting Alzheimer's more than any other disease.

This will come as no surprise to Alzheimer's caregivers and members of the Alzheimer's and dementia communities.

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Current statistics show that 1 in 8  Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer's. Not bad you say? However, that number obscures the real problem.

At age 80, about 3 out of every 10 (30 percent) Americans are living with dementia. By the age of 85 the number begins to approach 50 percent.

Here is a sobering statistic from the Institute for the Ages -- The population over 80 will be the fastest growing segment of the population for the next 40 years

According to a longevity test from the University of Pennsylvania that I took today, I have a
  • 50 percent chance that I will live beyond the age of 83.61 years,
  • And, a 25 percent chance I will live beyond the age of 89.88 years.
Other considerations.

My mother lived with Alzheimer's and this does slightly increase the odd that I will live with Alzheimer's.

My mother lived to be almost 96. She never had a major illness and the only operation she ever had was on a bunion.

So if I look at the longevity expectations and other information it would appear that as of right now, I have a 50 percent chance of living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

Pretty chilling when I look at it this way.

Want to find out how long you might live? Go here to take the

How Long Will I Live?

test from the University of Pennsylvania.

A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2011 indicated that about 73 percent of persons living in the U.S. have some experience with a person living with Alzheimer's.

More interestingly, 42 percent have personal experience with a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

These numbers are much bigger today.

The numbers for other major industrialized countries are similar.

This might surprise you. Over 85%  of those who responded in the surveyed say that if they were exhibiting confusion and memory loss, they would want to see a doctor to determine if the cause of the symptoms was Alzheimer’s disease.

Looking at the numbers of how long I might live, or be expected to live if I don't get hit by a bus, was a pretty sobering experienc.

I am not surprised by the growing numbers of people that are living in fear of Alzheimer's.

Exercising your brain is a very good idea in my opinion.

Can you prevent Alzheimer's? Not really. Can you delay the onset of Alzheimer's? Maybe. At least I believe its possible.

Are you worried about Alzheimer's disease? 
Do you want to try and do something about it?

Take a look at this article I wrote to get some tips -

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Bob DeMarco
About Author. Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized expert, writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,700 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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