New Report Reveals Impact Of Alzheimer’s Disease On Texas

New Report Reveals Impact Of Alzheimer’s Disease On Texas

 Abilene, Texas, March 9, 2010 – According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s® 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, ….  Rising Prevalence ·         There are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 340,000 living in Texas alone. ·         There are 340,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Texas and that number is expected to rise to 470,000 by 2025.  “Alzheimer’s is a significant threat not only for the nation – but also for the people of Texas, said Libby Connally, the regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s   North Central Texas Chapter. Impact of Alzheimer and Dementia Caregivers ·         With family members providing care at home for about 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease, the ripple effects of Alzheimer’s disease can be felt throughout the affected person’s entire family. ·         According to Facts and Figures, in 2009, nearly 11 million Alzheimer caregivers in the U.S. provided 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $144 billion. ·         In Texas alone, 852,820 caregivers, provided 971,191,823 hours of unpaid care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia valued at $11,168,705,965. ·         The new report also reveals that more than 40 percent of family and other unpaid Alzheimer and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, compared with 28 percent of caregivers of other older people.  “The latest Facts and Figures report shows the significant impact of Alzheimer’s           disease – on the individual, the family, and state and federal government – all underscore the need for states to plan for the growing number and urgent service      needs of these people,” said Connally.  “An Alzheimer State Plan would begin to address how Texas can begin the planning process and state lawmakers’ support for the creation of this plan would be a significant first step.” {{more}}  Special Report on Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s Disease ·         Although whites make up the great majority of the more than five million people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, African-Americans and Hispanics are at higher risk for developing the disease.  ·         Although whites makes up the great majority of the more than five million people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, African-Americans are about two times more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias. ·         Although whites make up the great majority of the more than five million people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Hispanics are about one and one-half times more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias. ·         There are no known genetic factors that can explain the greater prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other dementias in African-Americans and Hispanics than in whites. ·         Conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which are known risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias in all groups, are more common in African-Americans and Hispanics than in whites. ·         High blood pressure and diabetes are potentially modifiable conditions and better management of these conditions could help to reduce the prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. ·         The North Central Texas Chapter provides a program entitled Maintain Your Brain that educates participants in ways to keep their brains healthy.  The Alzheimer’s Association-North Central Texas Chapter is committed to increasing awareness about risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias among all Americans,” continued Connally.  “We seek to work with families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease in our fourteen county service area.” Although African-Americans and/or Hispanics are more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s and dementia, they are less likely than whites to have a diagnosis of the condition. Delays in diagnosis mean that African-Americans and/or Hispanics are not getting treatment in the earlier stages of the disease when treatments are most effective and they also miss the opportunity to make legal, financial and care plans.  “Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are vital because they provide individuals the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for their future,” said Connally.  “We know many families miss the warning signs or mistakenly assume symptoms are a normal part of aging. The Alzheimer’s Association has worked hard to educate our community about those signs that may actually be cause for concern and warrant medical follow up.” The full text of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures can be viewed at www.alz.org. .   Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts and Figures The Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts and Figures report is a comprehensive compilation of national statistics and information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The report conveys the impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families, government, and the nation’s health care system. Since its 2007 inaugural release, the report has become the most cited source covering the broad spectrum of Alzheimer issues. The Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report is an official publication of the Alzheimer’s Association®.