Frank Fuerst cared for his wife June for 17 years after she was diagnosed with
early-onset Alzheimer's. He shared his experience and a ton of practical
advice in "Alzheimer's Care With Dignity," a book that's
available from your favorite online or local bookstores.
God bless the Romney family!
Thanks for helping educate about Alzheimer's disease. One inaccuracy from
the article though (and a severe one at that):"Utah has the
highest prevalence of Alzheimer's in the nation, as well as a 127 percent
projected growth rate for the next 12 years..."From the report:
"Utah has the highest per capita prevalence increase of Alzheimer’s
among all states"Not highest prevalence but per capita
prevalence increase. There's a huge difference. All it means is that Utah
had 22,000 reported cases of Alzheimer's in 2000 and will have a projected
50,000 in 2025. That's a 127% increase over 25 years (again, the second
number is projected so the real number could be higher or lower). The most up to
date figures are that Utah had 32,000 with Alzheimer's in 2010, a 45%
increase from 2000.What this does not mean is that Utah has the
highest prevalence (in 2010 it was 1.16%). Compare that to Georgia in 2010
(randomly selected) at 1.24% prevalence. Utah will have greater increases
because Utahans are generally healthier and live longer - age is the greatest
risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Utah is also a desirable place to
Thanks for some interesting insights....Just lost my Dad at 97, who declined
over four years. It's not just cost to taxpayer, but many
"patients" are just not amenable to institutional care. The
"clinical attitude" of some caregivers causes some to "clam up"
and refuse to communicate and interact. One neurology type kept concluding,
"deep and advanced dementia", when the standard query of, "Can you
tell me what year it is ??", went unanswered except for flicking wave of
hand.When finally agitated over interrogation while he was trying to nap,
he blurted, "Go ask someone else, and let me sleep." Similar diagnosis
from the query of, "Who's the President ??". No response. I
finally had to interject that Dad doesn't like the current President;
"you won't get him to say the name out loud without considerable
accompanying profanity. Ask him who his favorite President was." Immediate
animated answer followed by a tirade discussion of leadership backed by
character. Was pretty funny.Same goes for Physical Therapist Aides. You
can't bark at a 94-year old like a mad Texas High-School Football coach and
expect progress.We brought Dad home for his last two years.
I believe this research us accurate. I'm aquainted with an elderly couple
who are handling the challenges of this disease, and have for several years. The
"non-alzheimer's" spouse has always been solicitous of the other,
and also participates in activities, such as dancing. The wife is also the one
who has the disease. However, she still cooks, because he sets out ingredients
in order so she can start and one end and go to the other and create something.
This takes a lot of work on his part but she isn't as frustrated as she
could be. My hat is off to him. My question is, why is alzheimer's so much
higher in Utah than anywhere else? Are there more elderly here?