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Facts & figures

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias includes Parkinson’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mixed dementia, and frontotemporal dementia.
  • Facts from the Alzheimer’s Association
    • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
    • Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million.
    • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.
    • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
    • African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites. Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.
    • There are 10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, identified by Alzheimer’s Association;
      • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
      • Challenges in planning or solving problems
      • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
      • Confusion with time or place
      • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
      • New problems with words in speaking or writing
      • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
      • Decreased or poor judgment
      • Withdrawal from work or social activities
      • Changes in mood and personality

Note: Abe’s Garden®​ supports the programmatic and fundraising initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the intent of Abe’s Garden®​ to not duplicate the quality services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, and other existing Alzheimer’s support organizations, but to address the unmet needs of individuals, families, and caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Preparation tips prior to diagnosis appointment

It helps to be prepared for the neurologist appointment and have realistic expectations. Some things you can do to be prepared include:

Keep a journal of changes you and others have noted. Be prepared to give the doctor some examples of worrisome, challenging, or problematic behaviors that have been observed. As your loved one is likely to be present for this meeting, be sensitive in your communication so it won’t appear that you are giving a listing of all their faults. You may want to leave some notes if the list is extensive.

Bring in a list of medication s/he is on, and information on the method of delivery, (i.e. independent, pill box, reminders from a caregiver, etc). It will help to check up on the compliance and accuracy of medication usage, if possible.

Bring a list of questions you and your loved one may have. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget important questions you wanted to ask.

Beverly Patnaik, Abe’s Garden Director of Staff Training and Community Education
“Communication is all about continuing relationships. It doesn’t change if you have a memory impairment. We still have to communicate. If they are sitting, get down to their eye level. Hold their hand. Give maximum information and expect minimum responses.”
Will Hudson, Physical Therapist Assistant
“Exercise is important for people with dementia because they are at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and exercise lowers those risks. If they can no longer walk, the exercises we recommend are sitting exercises of marching, kicking straight out or side to side, ankle pumps, and reaching at different angles.”
Kim Campbell, wife of the late legendary musician and Abe’s Garden resident, Glen Campbell
“The doctors say music activates all the regions of your brain at once, so with everything firing, it’s very stimulating for people who have dementia and helps them maintain their function.”