What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. This disease accounts for 50 to 70 percent of dementia cases.
Not a Normal Part of Aging
Although the greatest known risk factor for this disease is increasing age, and the majority of people with the disease are 65 and older, Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40′s or 50′s.
Research Supports Comfort from a Plush Stuffed Animal Pet
Research shows that people with mid to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease continue to feel deep emotion even though memory, language and cognitive function steadily decline. They have a strong need to nurture and care which stimulates positive emotional feelings such as deep comfort and security. While a Memorable Pet is a small gift, it can have a huge impact on your loved one’s quality of life by providing a constant source of comfort.
- Experts Prescribe Children’s Toys for Alzheimer’s Patients, Columbia News Press
- Giving Alzheimer’s Patients Their Way, Even Chocolate, The New York Times
Alzheimer’s Worsens Over Time
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with the disease live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from three to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
Is There a Cure?
Currently, there is no cure for this disease but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.
Although current Alzheimer treatments cannot stop the disease from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of 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.