Updated: 6:05 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012 | Posted: 4:35 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012
By Debbie Juniewicz
By the numbers
5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease.
1 in 8 older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
15 million Number of Americans who provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
$200 billion Estimate of payments for care in the United States in 2012.
10 warning signs
Memory changes that disrupt daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Confusion with time or place
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased judgment or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood and personality