Alzheimer’s continues to rise and the statistics are alarming. As many as 50% of seniors over age 85 are battling some type of dementia, and in the Age Wave/Merrill Lynch’s 2014 study, people are now more worried about Alzheimer’s than cancer or diabetes. The study states that most people are concerned about the impact on their family and the loss of independence.
If life continues without knowing a definite cause or a cure for Alzheimer’s, it’s estimated that by the year 2050, more than 115 million seniors worldwide could be suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The impact this will have on healthcare and family caregivers would be astounding.
Is it possible, however, that this generation could potentially know a world free from Alzheimer’s disease? With millions of dollars being spent each year on Alzheimer’s disease research, and new discoveries made consistently through this research, an end to Alzheimer’s no longer feels like merely a dream. Maddy Dychtwald, from AgeWave, imagines how the world would change if a cure for Alzheimer’s was discovered in her inspirational article in the Wall Street Journal.
With such hope on the horizon, those of us who care for the elderly and encounter Alzheimer’s disease each day are waiting with bated breath for the day when dementia has been conquered. We will continue to share updates with you as new developments occur!
In the meantime, if you are currently caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, Live Free Home Health Care is here to help. Learn more about our specialized Alzheimer’s care. Our in-home care allows your loved one to remain mentally and physically engaged while providing care and comforting guidance to remain independent for as long as possible. Contact us to learn more today!