Includes references on caregivers, coping, hallucinations, agitation, memory loss, financial challenges, the Amyloid Beta 42 peptide & Tau protein test (biomarkers), 7 stages of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and more
Overview, prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease (est. 5.2 million Americans), information about caregivers, long-term care costs, deaths from Alzheimer's and lifetime risk. Addresses other dementias. Eighteen states were estimated to have at least 100,000 people with Alzheimer's in 2014 - Calif. leads the way with 580,000 estimated for 2014. Extensive report by the nonprofit Alzheimer's Association published 2014
Symptoms of Alzheimer's describes 10 Warning Signs. From the Alzheimer's Association
Fact sheet prepared by National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging states that Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia. Discusses APOE gene, and drugs such as Aricept®, Exelon®, Razadyne® and Namenda®. 2008 publication reprinted 2010
Symptoms, early signs, diagnosis, treatment and other information about Alzheimer's. Alzinfo.org is a tool of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, founded in 1995, to educate people about this disease
See article from the Mayo Clinic - Dementia: Not always Alzheimer's. Other links discuss forgetfulness and confusion.
Memory Screening survey by MetLife for institutions and people concerned about Alzheimer's disease. No outcomes or referral rates appear to be included in the study, but report describes who attends these screenings and how they learn about the screenings. Report dated October 2006
Another helpful resource from our federal government NIH, National Institute on Aging about changes in Mild, Moderate or Severe Alzheimer's. Updated 2009
Cleveland Clinic states Alzheimer's causes 50 to 70% of all dementia. Distinguishes cortical dementias from subcortical dementias
Other Helpful Listings
List of Primary Stroke Centers, Stroke Rehab, and other disease-specific care certified organizations in the US. Most are hospitals. Other certified programs include orthopedic joint replacement (hip, knee), COPD (most listed under A for Advanced COPD), sickle cell services, burn center, bariatric surgery, high-risk OB; bone marrow, heart, liver transplants; cancer (including breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate); diabetes; AAA, Alzheimer's, sleep program, wound care, spine treatment program, migraines, Parkinsons disease, ESRD, palliative care, epilepsy, congestive heart failure, heart failure, AMI, pneumonia and more. Long list, may be hard to use because health condition certifications are listed under multiple titles such as "Advanced"
Compare more than 200 MD nursing homes and 34 Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). Search by county or zip code. May specify criteria such as Alzheimer's care, rehab, ventilator, dialysis. Once you find a facility you're interested in, you can compare family satisfaction survey results, as well as percent of staff who got the flu shot. Current to 2012 (some data are older). By the Maryland Health Care Commission
Lists of about 8800 physicians across 300 metro areas, with 3 to 5 doctors (each) shown for alzheimer's, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, breast cancer, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, osteoporosis and arthritis medical care. Created by the private firm Qforma, with USA Today newspaper. A little unclear how those listed were selected from the full 30% of specialists nationwide would otherwise qualify to be on the list. Influential related to patient volumes and implied referrals from other doctors. No details of credentials. Qforma sells the full list to corporate clients. Published October 2010
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles) lead the list of top 50 hospitals for geriatric care, from US News & World Report. List shows hospitals that do well at treating seniors (at least 2387 cases over 3 years) combining multiple specialties. Many of the 50 have Alzheimer's Centers. Medicare survival (30-day mortality data) from 2012-2014