Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is being observed this month of June 2018.
Alzheimer’s Awareness: Devastating Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks becomes impossible. In most people with the disease, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. There is no cure.
Dr. Alois Alzheimer discovered this disease. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After she died, he examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps (now called amyloid plaques). In addition, he found and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neuro-fibrillary, or tau, tangles).
These plaques and tangles in the brain are the main features of Alzheimer’s disease. Another feature is the loss of connections between nerve cells in the brain. Nerve cells transmit messages between different parts of the brain, and from the brain to muscles and organs in the body.
This main damage happens in the part of the brain that forms memories. Cognitive abilities decrease as neurons die. By the final stage of Alzheimer’s, damage is widespread and brain tissue has shrunk significantly.
Alzheimer’s Awareness: Devastating Statistics
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from heart disease have decreased 11% whereas deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123%.
1 in 3 senior citizens dies from Alzheimer’s disease. This is greater than prostate and breast cancer combined.
In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s will cost U.S taxpayers 277 billion dollars! By 2050, if no cure is found, this disease will cost the nation 1.1 trillion dollars! And, if the current trend continues, by 2050, 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Most frightening, every 65 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with this disease.
Alzheimer’s Awareness: Split Rock Rehabilitation Center In Bronx, New York
Split Rock Rehabilitation Center provides skilled and compassionate nursing care for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Patients receive individualized care. In addition, our facility provides familiarity with safety and security.
Activities and daily assisted living focuses on helping residents using and strengthening their skills sets. Residents engage in specific activities that also help to stimulate their memory and to build ongoing friendships among the staff and other residents.
Schedule your tour of our facility and view our programs in action. Call us.