We all know that protecting our brain health is very important; and exercising our brains is just as important as working out our bodies for the long haul of health. And no matter what age, we have all walked into a room not remembering why we’re there. People may call it a “senior moment,” but it happens at all ages and either sex.
Now for the hard facts: Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 71 seconds. 5.3 million people may have Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but millions more are affected through the gradual loss of their family member or loved one. I can’t even imagine someone I love slipping away from me, or how they must feel at losing thoughts and memories. It’s why it is important, at any age, to work out our brains, all six domains of it, whenever possible.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association report, family members care for about 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease, creating an impact on the entire family. And, there’s no relief in sight. By mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds. By 2010, there will be nearly a half million new cases of Alzheimer’s each year; and by 2050, there will be nearly a million new cases per year. And the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year.
Dementia isolates those affected (both the person with the disease and their care partner). But in the modern world of social media websites (like Facebook, MySpace and many, many others), there are new and exciting ways to make connections, and share your experience, knowledge, strengths and hope.
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We’re all on the same path in that we all age–whether we want to or not. Some are lucky or have better genes, but we all have experiences to share and tips to give. Whether you’re a caregiver, a son, daughter–a loved one of any kind–Alzheimer’s disease and dementia touch everyone at some time. It’s the fastest growing disease we have right now on the planet.
We would LOVE to hear your stories of hope or your experience as it relates to Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you or your care provider would like to send us your story…we’ll post it to share with others who are walking down the same path as you.
Send your stories or experiences to: Jodi@dakim.com
-Submitted by Jodi Seidler, Office Manager