Posted on Sep 09, 2015
Worldwide, it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia. That number is expected to rise to over 135 million by 2050. A sub-form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is by far the most common form of cognitive deterioration. In general, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as related forms of dementia, affects the individual’s abilities to carry out normal daily activities. Often, the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease are a decline in the ability to remember certain familiar words, impaired reasoning or judgment and/or a decline in visual acuity.
Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the risk of developing the disease increases with age. It’s estimated that one in 10 people over 65 have Alzheimer’s; for those over 85, that number jumps to over 50%. Most people are older than 65 when they develop Alzheimer’s, but there have been instances where it has been diagnosed in patients younger than 65. It’s often hard to diagnose because symptoms develop slowly over time, affecting the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
World Alzheimer’s Month Brings Awareness To The Tragedy of Alzheimer’s Disease
September has been designated as World Alzheimer’s Month, with September 21 earmarked as “Alzheimer’s Action Day.” This year, the theme for World Alzheimer’s Month is “Remember Me,” in honor of those who are currently suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and to encourage caregivers to learn to recognize the signs of this disease in their loved ones or clients.
Senior Helpers Has Partnered With Teepa Snow To Help Caregivers Provide Better Care
As part of our ongoing commitment to senior care, Senior Helpers of the Lehigh Valley has partnered with Teepa Snow, one of the country’s leading educators on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms Snow has developed care strategies and techniques that integrate what is presently known about brain functions and the changes that accompany dementia with therapeutic approaches that deliver positive activities and outcomes for those affected. Her Senior GEMS® program is based on Positive Approach™ techniques and focuses on providing care and support for loved ones in every stage of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Each and every Senior Helpers caregiver is required to attend Senior GEMS training to enable them to understand and manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.