Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD)
There is a lot to learn when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions along with important facts and figures.
For more in-depth education on ADRD you may benefit from some of our frequent classes. Classes cover a variety of topics from a general overview of ADRD to in-depth training on specific tasks such as mouth care and bathing.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Facts and Figures
•Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and the only one among the top 10 that cannot be prevented or cured.
•Identified risk factors include age, genetics and an individual’s overall health but the cause of Alzheimer’s is still unknown in most cases
•One in nine persons over 65, and about one third of those over the age of 85 will develop dementia.
•Alaska has over 6000 residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
•Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia although there are a number of other conditions that have similar symptoms and treatment. This is why we often refer to ADRD (Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia).
•Most people diagnosed with AD are older than 65. However, AD can occur in people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s (this is known as early-onset or young onset Alzheimer’s)
•The disease was first described 100 years ago by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Since then, researchers have developed a deeper understanding of the changes in the brain (plaques and tangles) and behavioral changes that characterize the disease
•Most individuals with dementia are cared for by family caregivers
•Alaska has the fastest growing aging population in the nation and with baby boomers just starting to reach the age of 65 that number is expected to rise exponentially in the years to come
•In 2012 Alaskans provided $459 Million dollars in unpaid care by caring for a loved one with dementia
You can also contact us with questions or if you would like to sit down for a consultation with one of our specialists.