Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease. It affects all patients in different ways as it runs its course. Some notice subtle changes at first, but ultimately, Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, steals everything from those affected, including countless memories of days gone by to the ability to identify loved ones such as spouses, children and grandchildren.
In this two week, in-depth look at Alzheimer’s disease, “From the Inside Out,” readers can learn what it is like to be a caregiver, hear about the disease and what can be done from one doctor’s point of view and most poignantly, hear from a patient suffering from this crippling disease.
According to Dr. Terry Rondberg with OMEGA Brain Health & Nutrition, Alzheimer’s disease is currently estimated to be at epidemic proportions, with over 5.4 million Americans affected.
It is believed that one out of every eight people aged 65 and above are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. By 2030 that number is forecast to increase to one in every five, and its resulting impact extends to millions of families and children of those living with the disease.
In the first installment of this two-part series, readers will learn what it is like to be a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and how it has affected his life and that of his wife. In the Dec. 15 edition of Valley News, readers will hear from the patient herself and learn about Dr. Rondberg’s suggestions to help slow and in some cases even beat the progression of this devastating disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association refers to the disease as a public health crisis and says knowledge of the disease is the best way to intervene and improve the quality of life for those with the disease and their caregivers. Read on to learn more about the disease and what you can do to stop or at the very least, slow down its progression in yourself or someone you love.