The 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report has been released by the Alzheimer’s Association. The report notes that the number of Americans with the disease is growing. They estimate that one in nine Americans aged 65 and older has the disease and this rises to one in three for people aged 85 and older. At age 65, one in six women is at risk of developing the disease.
With such overwhelming statistics, why do we avoid planning? We plan for our first car, college, house, children, and retirement. So why when we are at the most profound point in our life do we stop planning? Today, you have the ability to express your care plans and to designate someone to be your advocate. Exploring community resources and discussing your plans with your family and professional team will go a long way to providing the quality of life you would want.
The full 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report can be viewed on the Alzheimer’s Association website at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp.