The Alzheimer’s Epidemic

22 Apr

When I took a course a few years ago to learn about mediating elder care disputes, I was amazed by the statistics about Alzheimer’s disease.

Someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds. Today, 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease.

No wonder this incurable disease is termed an ‘epidemic’ or the “silver tsunami.”

img-guide-senior-hiring-caregiversBut Alzheimer’s isn’t just about the person who has it. It’s also about the impact on the 15 million caregivers who last year gave $15 billion of unpaid care. In Nevada alone, there are over 134,000 caregivers.

The toll on caregivers is huge.  It is so stressful for them.  70% of people with Alzheimer’s live at home where they are cared for by families and friends.

I am writing today because of a conference that is being hosted in Reno that is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

Reno Alzheimer’s Conference – May 3, 2013

Among the presentations is a talk about the recent developments with the disease. And a discussion about the recently adopted Nevada State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. I am also delighted to have been asked to speak about elder care mediation and how it can help families bridge conflict. Conflict can arise around issues such as caregiver burnout, living arrangements, financial issues, trust and estate issues and many others.

There are lots of great resources for families – but they still have to deal with the challenges one step at a time. And sometimes, mediation can help.



For more information about Alzheimer’s statistics, here is a great video:

Alzheimer’s Disease – 2013 Facts and Figures

Also one about what Alzheimer’s Disease is:

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

HBO produced a great series called “The Alzheimer’s Project”:

HBO Series – The Alzheimer’s Project

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2 Responses to “The Alzheimer’s Epidemic”

  1. Sharda Mierzejewski June 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It’s the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. :….^

    My own web blog

  2. The Olive Branch Blog June 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Hi Sharda:

    Thank-you so much for sending the info about your blog. I spoke at the Alzheimer’s conference here in Reno about a month ago. I learned a lot from the other speakers as well. It is a very scary disease. Please keep in touch and check back with us again.


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