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Alzheimer's Disease World Report

Alzheimer's Disease International has released its report for 2015. This year it is estimated that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease. As our population of those 65 and older continues to increase it is estimated that this number will reach 7.1 million by 2025. Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in Americans.

Alzheimer's Disease is one of the most costly diseases in our nation. In 2015, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $226 billion, with only half of the costs covered by Medicare.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer's Disease, early and accurate diagnosis can be extremely beneficial by allowing for better medical care and decision making for both the present and the future. Unfortunately, less than half of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, or their caregivers, report being made aware of their diagnosis. In light of the recent report staff at Senior Solutions and the Caring Workplace would like to take this opportunity to remind clients of the top ten warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease. If you or a loved one shows these warning signs please consult your physician for an accurate assessment.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

1) Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2) Challenges in planning or problem solving
3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4) Confusion with time and place
5) Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships
6) New problems with words in speaking or writing
7) Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8) Decreased or poor judgment
9) Withdrawal from work or social activities
10) Changes in mood or personality

Keep in mind that individuals may show one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you would like more detailed information about the warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease versus typical age-related changes, or would like information about assessment programs and support services in your area, please contact your Eldercare Specialist at any time.

Information was obtained from the Alzheimer's Association website at www.alz.org. For more information contact your Caring Workplace Eldercare Specialist, Heather Spindler at 314-802-5106 or via email at hspindler@seniorsolutions-stl.com.