Dementia Helpers prides itself on providing the best possible care for individuals with Dementia. We know it is critical to acquire basic knowledge and caregiving skills in order to effectively work with individuals that have been diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Understanding the disease and attaining the unique set of skills needed to deliver proper care is critical to both family members and caregivers.
Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease Statistics
It is estimated that at the end of 2015 over 5.3 million Americans have Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This number includes an estimated 5.1 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age of 65 who have “younger-onset Alzheimer’s”.
- One in nine or 11% of people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease
- Approximately 32% of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease
- 81% of people who have Alzheimer’s disease are age 75 or older
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain condition and the most common cause of dementia. However, Dementia is also caused by other diseases and conditions. The disease is characterized by:
- A decline in memory
- Weakening language skills
- Reduced problem-solving abilities
- Cognitive skills affecting one’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Cognitive declines occur when brain nerve cells or neurons involved in cognitive functioning have been damaged and no longer work properly. With Alzheimer’s disease, neuron damage eventually affects parts of the brain that allow a person to carry out basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing. People in the final stages of the disease are bed-bound and require around-the-clock care. Ultimately Alzheimer’s disease is fatal
While this is a terrible and challenging journey, having the right In Home Care for Dementia with highly trained and experienced caregivers can make a tremendous difference in the overall quality of life for the entire family.
Your Trusted Source for Home Care and Support for Dementia & Alzheimer’s
Dementia Helpers offers specialized home care and support services to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients throughout Chicago and the North Shore suburbs including both Cook County and Lake County. We provide our in-home dementia care and specialized memory care services to residents of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highland Park, Fort Sheridan, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnwood, Lincolnshire, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Round Lake Beach, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wilmette and Winnetka.
We are backed with the resources of one of America’s largest and most trusted home care service organizations.