The Statistics are Alarming
Statistics show that:
1 out of 9 individuals over the age of 65 is currently living with some form of dementia.
Less than 1/2 have been told of their disease.
1 out of 2 individuals over the age of 85 has dementia. 1 in 3 elders will die of dementia complications.
5.5 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, only 1 form of dementia. (There are over 120 causes of dementia)
A new case of Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed every 65 seconds.
By 2050 the number of individuals diagnosed is projected to TRIPLE.
As of January 1st, 2011 more than 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the age of 65 every single day! And that will continue for 20 years.
People in their 30’s and 40’s are now being diagnosed. Current statistics estimate 500,000 individuals in the US are diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Of the leading causes of death, Alzheimer’s is the only one that is increasing. All other causes of death are dropping. (see graph below)
One of the primary complaints of caregivers and family members of those diagnosed is the poor or total lack of education and training of healthcare professionals. Education is lacking in: early and accurate diagnosing, proper communication techniques with individuals diagnosed, support services available, acceptable treatment methods, options for planning for the future, and emotional support for those diagnosed, their caregivers and their loved ones.
Dementia Training for Life is dedicated to providing specialized training to healthcare providers (hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livings, physicians and their office staff), first responders, home care organizations and family members. This education will assist individuals with dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to lead more productive, rewarding, independent and individual centered lives. Education will also reduce the financial cost to family members, healthcare providers, insurance companies (Medicare and Medicaid) and the community. Trainings for healthcare professionals may be eligible for national certification. Ask us how!
The 6 leading causes of death in the US. Change in Number of Deaths Between 2000 and 2010