The Chapter continually supports research both on a local and national level.

The Chapter needs your support to combat this costly and devastating disease. The programs of the Chapter are supported entirely by voluntary contributions. The Chapter is a member of CHAD (Combined Health Agencies Drive).

Approximately 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease.

There are 44,000 people with Alzheimer's disease in the Omaha/Eastern Nebraska and Southwestern Iowa area.

14 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease within the next 50 years, unless a cure or prevention is found.

Having awarded more than $70 million in research grants, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer's disease research. If scientists can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by just five years, we can cut in half the number of people who get the disease, and save this country billions of dollars
in healthcare costs. We don't yet know what causes Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are looking at several possible factors that may work together, including: genes that may increase a person's risk, the build up of abnormal proteins in the brain, and toxins in the environment. Thirty-seven million Americans say they know someone with Alzheimer's disease. Nearly 60 percent of the four million Americans with Alzheimer's disease may wander and get lost sometime during the course of the disease. Safe Return, the only nationwide identification program for people with Alzheimer's disease who wander off and get lost, has registered more than 52,000 people, including ninety-one in the Eastern Nebraska & Southwestern Iowa area. Nineteen million Americans report they have a family member with Alzheimer's disease. One out of every ten persons over age 65 has Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease costs U.S. society more than $100 billion per year in healthcare and related costs. A recent study shows that Alzheimer's disease costs Alzheimer's disease costs American business more than $33 billion a year. On November 5, 1994, former President Ronald Regan announced to the American people that he has Alzheimer's disease. Nearly half of the people over age 85 have Alzheimer's disease. Neither Medicare nor private health insurance covers the long-term care most people with Alzheimer's disease need. The average lifetime cost of care for a person with Alzheimer's disease is $174,000. Most people who have Alzheimer's are Medicare recipients, but this program currently does not cover their largest expenses: prescription drugs and long-term care.

As many as 10% of those with Alzheimer's disease develop it at around age 65, and there are documented cases of Alzheimer's disease in people in their 30's and 40's. People with Alzheimer's disease live an average of eight years, and as many as 20 years or more, after the onset of symptoms. More than seven out of 10 people with Alzheimer's disease live at home. Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease can be a difficult and stressful task. Caregivers often experience symptoms of physical and mental illness. Half of the people in nursing homes in this country have Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The average cost for a nursing home for one year is $42,000, but can exceed $70,000 in some areas of the country. Almost 75% of home care for people with Alzheimer's disease is provided by family and and friends. The remainder is "paid" care costing an average of $12,500 per year. Families pay almost all of that out-of-pocket. The federal government will spend approximately $400 million for Alzheimer's disease research this year. The Food & Drug Administration has approved two drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. They can help with symptoms for a short time, but do not stop the underlying course of the disease. The Alzheimer's Association is the only national voluntary health organization dedicated to conquering Alzheimer's disease through research, and providing education and support to this country's 4 million people with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers and family.

In 1998, the Alzheimer's Association assumed leadership of the world's largest international conference on Alzheimer's disease, World Alzheimer Congress 2000, which will take place in Washington, D.C. in July 2000. At this 10-day event, worldwide leaders in research and care will share knowledge and identify strategies to eliminate the disease altogether. The Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter provides services including community & professional education,patient & family support services, advocacy, and financial support for research. Dementia is the loss of intellectual functioning so severe that it interferes with a person's ability to act independently. There are many conditions that cause dementia, including alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, drug interactions and Parkinson's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Currently, Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed by excluding all other possible causes of the symptoms. There is no single test for the disease. Clinical diagnosis is thought to be about 80 to 90 percent accurate.

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