DEMENTIA FACTS

Dementia Friendly Denver addresses all forms of dementia

While approximately 70% of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s disease, the Dementia Friendly Denver initiatives address all forms of dementia, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

Dementia Warning Signs

The Alzheimer’s Association lists the following ten signs of Alzheimer’s disease:

1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images/spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgement
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality

Dementia Facts – Source – Alzheimer’s Association

The following statistics pertain to Alzheimer’s disease which is the most common form of dementia, accounting for approximately 70% of all cases.

There are currently 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. This number is suspected to be underreported as only 50% of those with dementia have an actual diagnosis.

15 million Americans provide 18.2 billion hours annually of unpaid care for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

1 in 10 Americans will have Alzheimer’s or another dementia past the age of 65.

10,000 Baby Boomers are turnings 65 each day in our nation.

Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds in the U.S.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and kills more people annually than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 85%.

1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

35% of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia report that their health has gotten worse due to care responsibilities.

In 2017, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $259 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.

In Colorado, there are 69,000 citizens living with Alzheimer’s disease.

16% are age 64 – 74, 44% are 75 – 84 and 38% are over 85.

There are 244,000 Colorado caregivers providing unpaid care for their loved ones.

The U.S. has a National Alzheimer’s Plan which was signed into law in 2010. The Plan calls for a prevention, treatment and cure by 2025.


Dementia Friendly Denver serves the needs of the community

Dementia Friendly Denver surveyed our community to determine where gaps exist in dementia support. Initiatives in the Denver area will be selected based on their relevance to these Top Ten needs.

1. Care Costs
2. Community Education
3. Resource Awareness
4. Caregiver Support
5. Respite Services
6. More and Better Residential Facilities
7. Physician Training
8. Underserved Populations
9. Professional Caregiver Training
10. Dementia Stigma

 

Dementia Friendly Denver

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Our goal …

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their families in the Denver area.