September is World Alzheimer’s Month! Each year, organizations and individuals around the globe recognize this international campaign to increase awareness and decrease stigma of living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Did you know…
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.
- More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.
- In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers of individual’s with Alzheimer’s provided approximately 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care valued at over $221.3 billion.
- More than half of caregivers take an additional job, work more hours, go back to work, or postpone retirement.
- In 2016, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will cost the nation $236 billion. By 2050, these costs are estimated to rise to more than $1 trillion.
Although memory loss and cognitive issues are hallmarks of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease also creates significant problems in understanding and producing language. Speech-language pathologists are often important members of an individual’s dementia team. In the earlier stages of the disease, they help individuals with Alzheimer’s develop strategies to maintain strong language skills for as long as possible. As the disease progresses, they often work with family and caregivers to increase quality of maintain meaningful communication for as long as possible.
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