Alzheimer's Information for Nevadans

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's you are not alone. There are people who understand what you are going through and help is available. There is a lot you can do in the early stages to cope with what lies ahead. 

 Nevada Facts and Figures

  • In the U.S., nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia. 
  • In Nevada, it is estimated that 9% of people age 65 and older have the disease. 
  • By the year 2025, Nevada could see a 64% increase in the number of people with Alzheimer's.
  • Nevada has the second fastest growth rate of dementia, including Alzheimer's.



What is Alzheimer's?

open hands Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of distinct neurological diseases caused by plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, strokes, or other problems in the brain.  Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia and is the most common, accounting for approximately 70% of cases.  There are more than 50 identified forms of dementia besides Alzheimer's disease, including: 1)frontotemporal dementia; 2) Lewy bodies disease; 3) Parkinson's disease; 4) Pick's disease, and 5) vascular dementia.  Some forms of dementia may be reversible, but for the majority, including Alzheimer's disease, there remains no cure. 

Symptoms include short and long-term memory loss, difficulties with problem solving, and performing step-wise tasks, and impaired communicative abilities. The cognitive decline from dementia is significantly different from what is expected from normal aging and interferes with the completion of activities of daily living.

(Source: Nevada State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, 2015).

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information.  Link to 10 Signs of Alzheimer's

Three Stages of Alzheimer's

There are three stages of Alzheimer's disease. No matter the stage, help is available. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.  


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