The Epidemic of Dementia and Alzheimer's

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“The epidemic is upon us... There are no disease modifying therapies for Alzheimer’s” (Trojanowski, MD, Newsweek, 2014.) According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by 2025 the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow by 40 percent to 7.1 million Americans. This a significant number and a situation we have to take seriously. To put it in perspective, in 2014, 7.2 American’s are living with cancer (American Cancer Society).

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. While the number of deaths from breast cancer and heart disease have been reduced by 2% and 16% respectively over the last 10 years, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s has increased 68%.

Surrey recognizes that Alzheimer’s, and all types of dementia, will have an enormous impact on the future of aging services and the ability and opportunity for older adults to age at home. The impact will touch many aspects of the lives of those with Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers. There are safety, physical, emotional and financial issues to grapple with. I experienced first-hand the change in my parents as they progressed through dementia illness. It is not an easy situation, it can be isolating, and support is needed for both the patient and the caregiver.

Surrey is thrilled to be working with the Penn Memory Center to offer you a series of lectures, starting in February 2015, on various aspects of dementia. Penn Memory Center is a top international center for dementia research, classes and support options on Alzheimer’s disease and brain-aging related topics. We are very pleased that they have chosen to partner with Surrey to provide these lectures in our area. The first lecture in the series will be an overview of dementia and a message of hope through research currently being conducted. This lecture will be given by Dr. Steven Arnold, Director of the Penn Memory Center. The other lectures will be: Imaging and Making a Diagnosis; Healthy Aging through Cognitive Fitness; and Caregivng for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s disease or a Related Illness.

The dates will be announced in January, will be in the February newsletter, on our website and flyers will be at all our locations. Please call us if you need assistance or have questions about issues relating to Alzheimer's or other dementia.

                                                                                     Barbara Fentress, President & CEO