Last month's Alzheimer's Association workshop taught us about the rising numbers that come with living with Alzheimer's in America.
Alzheimer's & Dementia
Whether we use our imaginations or not, our ability to do so does not seem to diminish with age. This includes individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Alzheimer's can make the holidays stressful for all parties. Try to keep perspective this holiday season. "The real enemy is the disease. Battle the disease and not one another" - Jerry Schroeder, Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter.
Today there are about 47 million people worldwide living with dementia, up from 35 million in 2009. Estimates suggest this number will roughly triple by 2050. The risk increases with age, and the ageing population will drive much of the projected increase.
With all of this comes family, friends, joy, merriment, etc. And with all of this comes a fair amount of busyness, not to mention a fair amount of stress. Even under the best of circumstances, these are not always the easiest or most relaxing of times.