Few of our age-related maladies fill us with more dread than Alzheimer’s disease. Globally this debilitating illness, now the sixth leading cause of death, affects over 36 million men and women – about five million here in the U.S. Here’s a sobering prediction: by 2050, this number is expected to triple.
Planning ahead to avoid becoming a burden to your loved ones means considering the unhappy prospect that you or your spouse may find yourself directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Two recent articles call attention to some of the latest facts surrounding this increasingly common affliction.
First, this article in SeniorJournal.com reveals the unpleasant reality that “women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis.” As the article points out, women make up almost two-thirds of seniors living with Alzheimer’s. Women in their 60’s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as breast cancer.
The purpose of calling your attention to these facts is not to cause fear, but to encourage you to prepare. Few if any ailments of aging cause a greater burden on our loved ones than Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That makes careful planning essential.
The other article, from MedicalNewsToday.com, describes whether we are closer today to a cure for Alzheimer’s. The answer, it seems, is a highly qualified “yes.” While this dreaded disease still perplexes medical researchers, significant progress is being made. This helpful article also lists other Alzheimer’-related resources and provides a link to help seniors sign up for clinical trials of Alzheimer’s treatments – a critical component in the research required to help halt this devastating illness in its tracks.