The Costs of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia for African Americans
The economic burden of Alzheimer’s and other dementias for African Americans was $71.6 billion in 2012. More than 60% of the costs are borne by the families of African American women with AD.
Key Findings and Policy Recommendations
While African Americans make up only 13.6% of the U.S. population, they bear a third of the costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (AD).
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
This 19-page easy-to-read booklet describes what happens when someone has Alzheimer’s disease and how it differs from normal aging. Read about when to see the doctor, possible treatments, and how patients and caregivers can get help.
What To Do When You Have Trouble Remembering
What To Do When You Have Trouble Remembering Learn the difference between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems in this 24-page booklet. Also discussed are various causes of memory problems and how to get help for serious memory loss.
Participating in Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials and Studies Fact Sheet
Several prescription drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can provide patients with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist their caregivers as well. It is important to understand that none of these medications stops the disease itself.
Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial consequences of a serious illness such as Alzheimer's disease. Legal and medical experts encourage people recently diagnosed with a serious illness—particularly one that is expected to cause declining mental and physical health—to examine and update their financial and health care arrangements as soon as possible.
Home Safety for People with Alzheimer's Disease
This 40-page booklet for caregivers gives room by-room suggestions for creating a safer space for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Forgetfulness: Knowing When To Ask For Help
Maria has been a teacher for 35 years. Teaching fills her life and gives her a sense of accomplishment, but recently she has begun to forget details and has become more and more disorganized. At first, she laughed it off, but her memory problems have worsened. Her family and friends have been sympathetic but are not sure what to do. Parents and school administrators are worried about Maria's performance in the classroom. The principal has suggested she see a doctor.
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease
Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging This comprehensive, 104-page handbook offers easy-to-understand information and advice for at-home caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. It addresses all aspects of care, from bathing and eating to visiting the doctor and getting respite care.
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
Looking for information about Alzheimer’s disease? Helpful links: Alzheimer's Disease Basics Video: Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Symptoms Diagnosis