Dementia affects more than 5.5 million people in the United States, Tens of thousands of those people are right in the state of Nevada, but that number is growing as new cases are diagnosed every day.
But, despite the grim numbers, there is hope for those affected; that includes patients, caregivers, and family members.
So what is dementia?
Many people have heard of it, but a lot don’t know exactly what it is.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability and memory that can affect a person’s ability to function in their daily life. But dementia is not a specific disease.
There are several disorders that contribute to the development of it. Those included are Frontotemporal disorders, Lewy body dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time. Alzheimer’s symptoms often become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks, such as memory loss, losing the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 41,000, Alzheimer’s patients live in Nevada, and unless something is being done to stop it, experts believe as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s by 2050.
Usually, caregivers and family members face the emotional stress and financial burden of caring for a loved one with any form of dementia without knowing where to turn to get help. However, we hope those affected will find answers in 8 News Now’s Dementia: Finding Peace of Mind special report.
Here are a few more resources in Southern Nevada that are available for patients and caregivers:
Every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. neurologists are available to cover a wide range of topics on Dementia.
A free library that is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Provides free visits for those with Dementia living in Las Vegas and Henderson.