Facts About Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease now affects 4.5 million Americans. One in 10 individuals over 65 and nearly half over 85 are affected. The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease will continue to grow - by 2050 the number of individuals with Alzheimer's could range from 11.3 million to 16 million.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, incurable brain disease first noticed as memory loss, behavioral changes and confusion. It inevitably leads to total dependence on others for everyday care. Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, is not a normal part of aging.
The cause of the disease is still unknown. So far, no single diagnostic test can be administered. Diagnosis is concluded only after a battery of tests has eliminated the possibility of other diseases or conditions. Although there is not yet a cure for Alzheimer's disease, some symptoms can be treated, particularly in the early stages.
Providing care for a person with dementia places severe physical, emotional and financial strains on the caregiver. The Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association was formed to assist an estimated 14,000 families in central Missouri in meeting those challenges.
Seniors usually think they cannot get life insurance coverage, this is not true. If a senior is in good health, does not smoke, does not engage in any risky activities, it is possible to get seniors life insurance coverage, and some decent life insurance rates.