When does a senior moment turn into something more serious? We can be forgetful at any age, and that’s likely to increase as we get older, but when does memory loss become a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Carol Steinberg, the President of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, says five million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to be at least 15-million by 2050.
Massachusetts is taking steps to address early detection of Alzheimer’s.
Massachusetts has become the first state to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in its Early Detection Alliance. This move allows commonwealth employees easy access to caregivers, resources and information on the debilitating disease, through the association’s Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter. Jim Wessler is the chapter President and CEO.
The Patrick administration in Massachusetts is taking steps to address the growing problem of senior dementia. A new program at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke is helping veterans and their families cope with Alzheimer’s disease. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Bill McGill of Montgomery said he was stressed out a few years ago, when he realized his father..now 90…had been wondering off and might have Alzheimer’s disease. Having him live at the state run Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke has brought peace of mind.
In early March, Alzheimer’s Association released its new facts and figures on the extent of the disease and its toll. They report that, in the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including at least 800,000 who live alone.
According the report, unless something is done to change the trajectory of the disease, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050.