Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias are expected to affect about 13.9 million Americans in 2060, over double the number reported in 2014. Currently, about 1.6% of Americans suffer the effects of the disease, but that number is expected to grow to about 3.3% by 2060, using the population projections from the US Census Bureau. Alzheimer’s disease is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death among adults aged sixty-five years or older.
According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dementia affects more women (12.2%) than men (8.6%) over the age of 65. Numbers differ across racial groups as well: African-Americans and Hispanics have the highest rates of dementia (13.8% and 12.2% respectively), while Asians and Pacific islanders have the lowest (8.4%). These rates are expected to increase in the coming decades.
One explanation for the expected increase in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is simply the fact that the population in America is expected to grow, and therefore the number of people with the disease will grow. However, another explanation has been suggested by the CDC: as healthcare and medical advances let people live longer, those people are surviving to an age where the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias increase.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is a fear many people have as they grow older. Providing or finding the proper care for someone with dementia is difficult, and it is expected to get more difficult. This is not helped by the fact that studies have found negative effects to caregivers, mentally, physically, and economically. Caregivers experience higher rates of depression, psychological stress, and even mortality.
And this is to say nothing of the family of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. In addition to the stress of caring for a loved one without any proper training, many fear they are staring at their own future. While Alzheimer’s and many other types of dementia cannot be reversed, early detection is key in helping people and their families cope with the struggles of dementia and find appropriate care options. Genetic testing and counseling can also be helpful to both the patient and their medical provider to take preventative actions that, while not stopping the degeneration completely, can help lessen the effects or slow the progression of dementia.
Research is still ongoing as to the cause of Alzheimer’s and the best ways to prevent and treat the disease, but one thing is universally agreed upon: early detection is crucial – as a nursing home attorney Trenton trusts knows well. If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, talk to your healthcare provider.
At Davis & Brusca, LLC we fight for those who have or have loved ones who suffered abuse at the hands of a negligent nursing home. Call today.