Alzheimer’s and dementia
Nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by Alzheimer's disease.
And while the number of people currently living with the disease — 5.7 million — is staggering, those numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.
By 2050, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia is expected to reach nearly 14 million and cost our nation $1.1 trillion.
With this disease touching so many lives, it's important to have the basic facts. The blue links throughout this page will guide you to more information about memory loss, and its diagnosis and treatment. Additional resources are available in our online library.
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It's not all the same
Have you ever misplaced an item? Or forgotten an appointment, only to remember it when it was too late?
Most of us can answer yes to these questions. But it may leave us wondering if our brains are functioning normally.
We may worry that we’re developing Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. But not all memory loss is the same.
Make the time meaningful
How do you talk to someone who has Alzheimer’s?
No matter how deeply we care about friends or family, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can make us uncomfortable — especially when we don’t fully understand it.
Seeing your loved one struggle with memory loss, confusion, or the ability to understand situations and surroundings is difficult.
Sundowning is a term for the set of behaviors displayed by someone with dementia as the environment changes — commonly during times when daylight is changing to darkness.
Dr. Matthew Malone, DO, FAPA, associate chief medical officer for the Good Samaritan Society, is featured in this explanatory video. He says, “What we have to realize is that it’s a broad term and a lot of things get attributed to sundowning.”
At the Good Samaritan Society, we believe that no matter who you are, where you are in life, or what your circumstances may be, you deserve to live a life filled with purpose, hope and meaning.