How Prevalent is Alzheimer's Disease?
Awareness is one of the most important tools that you will ever use as a family caregiver. Being aware of challenges, risk factors, and other issues that your parent might face is essential for preparing you to give the the care that they need as they age in place. One of the greatest risks that they will face in their later years is Alzheimer's disease. Understanding just how prevalent this condition really is and how it impacts the population can help you to be more vigilant and be ready to detect early warning signs or to take steps to protect your parent throughout their later years. 

Some things that you should know about Alzheimer's disease and its prevalence include:
  • There are currently more than 5 million people throughout the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death throughout the country
  • Someone develops the disease every 66 seconds
  • Approximately 30 percent of seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia
  • This number accounts for 1 out of every 3 senior deaths
  • Deaths from heart disease have decreased by approximately 18 percent since the year 2000, but deaths from Alzheimer's have increased approximately 89 percent
  • Older Black seniors are twice as likely to die from Alzheimer's disease than older Whites
  • 10 percent of seniors over the age of 64 have Alzheimer's disease
  • 30 percent of seniors over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's disease
  • More than 60 percent of those with Alzheimer's disease are women
Starting elderly care can be a fantastic way to help your parent achieve and maintain a higher quality of life for your aging parent as they age in place. This elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to fill care gaps, support your aging parent through their daily needs, and help them to live the most fulfilling, independent, and active lifestyle possible throughout their later years. Through a set of highly personalized services this care provider can help your parent to stay healthy, safe, happy, and comfortable, and pursue more meaning in this new chapter of their life. Not only will this be beneficial for them, but for you as their family caregiver. This care can give you reassurance that your parent is in the best hands, easing your stress and allowing you to focus on other obligations in your life. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Cottonwood Heights, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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