The Alzheimer’s Association will be providing information on Alzheimer’s disease for The Des Moines Register’s Health pages, starting in December, to raise awareness of the disease, share information for caregivers and provide opportunities to join the fight against Alzheimer’s.
The articles will seek to increase awareness about the disease itself as well as prevention through a healthy lifestyle. Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death and 5.3 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. Every 70 seconds someone new is diagnosed. In Iowa 65,000 people have the disease. More than 92,000 Iowans are caregivers of someone with dementia.
While these statistics are staggering, they fail to describe the impact of Alzheimer’s for the person with the disease and their caregiver. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, degenerative brain disease that results in changes in memory, thinking and behavior.
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. It is a highly emotional disease, for those who have it as well as their caregivers, family and friends. Though we understand how Alzheimer’s affects people, there is still no cure.