by Dan Dillman
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Me (Dan) and my buddy "Duke"
Alzheimers Facts and Statistics
Since my mom passed away in July of 2009, I have tried to share Alzheimers information with other people. Information that I was not aware of during my mom's battle with Alzheimer's.
There are many Alzheimers facts that you should know before and during the time that you are dealing with the various Alzheimers signs and symptoms.
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Most of the Alzheimer statistics are not optimistic. Once an individual is 65 years old, the risk of this disease doubles every 5 years. Since my wife is now 65, I am a little concerned for the coming years ahead.
In the last 10 years, Alzheimers has grown 10 fold, (making it one of the fastest growing diseases for this century). It is estimated, that in the United States alone, there are over 14 million people with Alzheimers disease symptoms.
You are Not Alone
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So if you or your loved one is diagnosed with signs of Alzheimers, do not feel like you are alone. There are many organizations that can help you and your family deal with Alzheimer. Probably the premiere organization that helps with information on Alzheimers is the, "National Alzheimers Association."
Primarily, more funding is needed to find a cure. That is why I am setting up a monthly donation from my business to fund this organization. In a small way, I hope that this will help in finding a cure for this tragic disease known as Alzheimers.
There is one main fact that I have learned about Alzheimers which has always depressed me... the fact that Alzheimers has no known cure. The Alzheimer disease has resulted in an increase of Alzheimer's disease deaths since 2000 that has far exceeded other major diseases.
Another known fact about Alzheimer is that more women than men will develop the Alzheimer disease. This is primarily due to the fact that women live longer than men.
Facing the Facts with my Mom
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The reality of Alzheimers hit me hard at a specific time in my mom's Alzheimers disease. After being in the hospital for a long period, the doctors recommended that mom should go to rehab for about a week (to be sure that she could live in unassisted housing).
When I visited each day, it seemed to me that mom could do most tasks that they asked of her. I would have to say that there were good days and bad days. But one day was a life changing moment for me in dealing with Alzheimers.
One day, as they were evaluating mom with various Alzheimer test, they asked me to watch a specific test to see if she could prepare food for herself.
They asked her to prepare a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I was confident mom could do this. Mom took one slice of bread and spread the peanut butter on one side, (no surprise here), but then mom turned the bread over and started spreading peanut butter on the other side of the bread. In dealing with Alzheimers this was a life changing moment for me.
This morning, I had to go over to my mother-in-law's house to take care of some repairs. Since she is 88 years old, I am always concerned about her health as it relates to Alzheimers signs and symptoms. First, I am glad that she has already beaten the odds... because 47% of people over 85 years old have Alzheimers. I pray for her quality of life every day.
More Alzheimers Information
I will try to keep you updated on a regular bases on the latest Alzheimer facts and to continue sharing what I have learned through my research and my personal experience with my mom.
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