200-thousand more people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia over the past year.
A new report from the Alzheimer’s association says that brings the total number of cases to 5.7 million across the country.
One of those is Debbie Anderson.
We introduce you to her and her husband, who does everything he can to help Debbie remember another day.
Les Anderson says you never forget how to dance.
“We dance a lot,” says Les Anderson, Caregiver.
Debbie Anderson has Alzheimer’s Disease. Her short term memory is absent and she forgets how to do daily activities but dancing is something she remembers.
“I always carry music with us on my cell phone so we do our own dancing,” says Anderson.
Les says that she had many symptoms that lead to Alzheimer’s but he was in denial. The moment he knew there was a bigger problem was when she didn’t know how to run her car.
“That’s when I really noticed that there was a problem,” says Anderson.
Since then, Les has slowly been taking care of everything.
“I’ve just learned a lot of things that I never really worried about before because Debbie always took care of it,” says Anderson.
Now he does the all the cooking and cleaning.
“I’m getting pretty good at fixing her hair. In fact, I think it looks pretty nice today,” said Anderson.
He says that all the work is worth it.
“If you really love somebody you take care of them,” says Anderson.
“She’s my best friend,” says Anderson.
And in the case of the Andersons, it seems the best treatment for this disease is love.
KX took a closer look into how many people are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.
In our research from the Alzheimer’s Association, we discovered that every 65 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s dementia.
Of those that get it, two-thirds are women who are age 65 and older.
Some of the early warning signs to look out for are trouble remembering names, challenges performing everyday tasks, or forgetting material one has just read.
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that it’s sixth leading cause of death in the US and it is the fifth leading cause of death for those age 65 and older.