Chances are your life in some way has already been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, or the broader term, dementia. The impact on the individual, family and friends extends to the community, as service and support needs increase once the disease unfolds and takes its toll.
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that one in 10 adults age 65 and older have dementia. In Davis, this estimate yields approximately 650 people living in our community and suffering from it, being cared for primarily by unpaid family members.
As the disease progresses, people with dementia are no longer safe to be alone, requiring 24-hour supervision. Often, this means that the caregiver must quit his or her job and/or leave social activities, decreasing productivity and increasing stress and isolation. From a community perspective, this decreases the availability of workers in their prime working years.