Thursday, February 3, 2011

How baby boomers are affected by Alzheimer's disease (part 2)

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Alzheimer's Association

By 2030, the U.S. population aged 65 and over is
expected to double, meaning there will be more and
more Americans with Alzheimer’s — as many as
16 million by mid-century, when there will be nearly
1 million new cases every year.
One in eight baby boomers will get the disease after
they turn 65. At age 85 that risk increases to nearly
one in two. And if they don’t have it, chances are
they will likely be caring for someone who does.
For many baby boomers, Alzheimer’s was a disease
they saw in their parents or grandparents. Not
anymore. Alzheimer’s disease is now their disease,
their crisis, their epidemic.

The Truth about Alzheimer’s that Every American Should Know

Alzheimer’s disease is not just a little memory
loss. It eventually kills you, but not before it takes
everything away — slowly, gradually,
painstakingly, inevitably.

This devastating, deteriorating and debilitating
disease is the ultimate thief — thief of memories,
thief of independence, thief of control, thief of time
and ultimately thief of life. Alzheimer’s robs people
of all bodily functions and eventually their humanity.
Day by day, Alzheimer’s strips away individuality,
autonomy and independence. It means the loss of
anything and everything you have ever known.

Try to imagine not being able to take care
of yourself.
Can’t dress yourself.
Can’t shower yourself.
Can’t go to the bathroom by yourself.
That’s Alzheimer’s disease.
“She has become fascinated with
‘the lady in the mirror.’

At first, she
didn’t recognize this lady as her own
reflection. It scared her that ‘the lady’
was mocking her by following her
around and imitating everything
she did.”
— Eugene Fields, Ohio

Try to imagine not
being able to take care
of yourself.

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