Includes references on caregivers, coping, hallucinations, agitation, memory loss, financial challenges, ApoE genotyping, medications, stages of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), prevention and brain health promotion and more
Overview, prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease (est. 5.8 million Americans), information about caregivers, long-term care costs, deaths from Alzheimer’s and lifetime risk. Addresses other dementias. Twenty states were estimated to have at least 100,000 people with Alzheimer’s in 2019 – California leads the way with 670,000 estimated for 2019. Medicare paid about $24,600 for a beneficiary age 65+ with Alzheimer’s, compared to $7561 for a Medicare patient without alzheimer’s. Out-of-pocket expenses were close to $11,000, compared to $2300 for someone without the disease (2018 dollars). Extensive report by the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association published 2019
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, Namenda and Namzaric. Reviewed and updated 2019.
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 NIH (National Institutes on Health) on different types of Dementia. It’s not always Alzheimer’s, and includes Frontotemporal disorders and Lewy body dementia. Other links discuss forgetfulness and sundowning confusion.
Article by LabTestsOnline explains what tests may be used to rule out causes of potentially reversible dementia other than Alzheimer disease. Both lab tests and imaging tests are discussed. Article explains that there are no laboratory tests available to determine whether or not a person has Alzheimer disease (AD) while they are still living. Currently, the only definitive way to establish a diagnosis of AD is to microscopically examine a section of the person’s brain tissue after death. This article helps consumers understand what is available.
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 2016
Cleveland Clinic states Alzheimer’s accounts for 50 to 70% of all dementia. Distinguishes Alzheimer’s and non-Alzheimer’s dementias, looking at impact on memory, speech and behavior. Updated March 2019
Compare more than 200 Maryland 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. (State average was 87.5% in the last flu season.) Updated in 2019, but some data are older (2017 or 2018). By the MD Health Care Commission
Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) again 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 3,391 cases over 3 years) combining multiple specialties. Many of the 50 have Alzheimer’s Centers. Medicare survival (30-day mortality data) from 2015-2017.