- Approximately 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, according to the best estimates.
- Damage to the brain can begin as early as 10 or 20 years before any symptoms begin to manifest. Using brain imaging, these early signs are beginning to be tracked but there is still much research to be done.
- To a degree, individuals' risk of contracting Alzheimer's can be reduced through keeping the mind nimble and exercising memory.
- Other studies have shown that social activity is also beneficial in combating Alzheimer's Disease.
- There is some divergence of opinion when it comes to Alzheimer's and gender but a 2008 report put the risk ratio at 1:6 for women compared to 1:10 for men. The same magazine also reported that risk factors for each gender were different, with depression a contributing factor for woman and stroke the primary indicator for men. Read the report.
- Prevalence over the age of 65. A US survey in 2010 pegged the percentage of those with Alzheimer's at one in eight or 13%.
- Denial and defensiveness common reactions of family members. "For families, it's a real struggle if a mother who was always sweet now wants control over everything and gets angry if she can't get it," according to Lynn Gallagher of Toronto's Family Service Association.
- Every day 1200 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, according to Alzheimer's Reading Room. Approximately 100 Canadians every day are also diagnosed.
- Over 50% of Canadians' lives are affected by Alzheimer's Disease, in one way or another.
- Snoezelen therapy is still regarded as a worthwhile stimulant to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
Alzheimer's Disease was named in the early 20th century by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German psychologist and neuropathologist, Alzheimer diagnosed alterations in the brain tissue of an autopsied patient, who had suffered from symptoms including memory loss and unpredictable behaviours. Significant findings of his examination were the presence of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Today, these are two of the three most prevalent features of Alzheimer's Disease, along with a loss of connection between brain neurons (nerve cells).
Alzheimer's Signs and Symptoms
According to the US body, The National Institutes of Health, memory problems at a young or middle age may indicate a propensity of Alzheimer's Disease. People with more memory problems than others may have a condition called amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI). A higher percentage of people with MCI go on to develop Alzheimer's Disease than those without MCI.
Brain imaging and biomarker studies can be used to diagnose early stage Alzheimer's in those with MCI or a family history of Alzheimer's. As of 2011, this is an indication of our deepening understanding of the disease and progress toward treatment and a cure. Read more about Alzheimer's signs and symptoms.
The causes of Alzheimer's Disease are still not well understood. But it is thought that the disease arises as a result of a mix of causes that includes genetics, the environment and lifestyle choices. It is thought that Alzheimer's affects aging people more than the rest of the population because of atrophy as well as inflammation and the increased production of free radicals.
But as with so much related to this disease, there is still much research needed to fully understand this disease and implement proper prevention, treatment and cures.
List of Alzheimer's care communities
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77 Dunfield Avenue, Toronto,
Ontario, M4S 2H3
The Dunfield Retirement Residence has established a new standard in senior retirement living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with 177 spacious apartments. Where people come to LIVE!
695 Block Line Road, Kitchener,
Ontario, N2E 3K1
This elegant retirement residence in Kitchener-Waterloo offers a continuum of care from long-term care to assisted living to independent living seniors apartments.
32 Bayberry Drive, Guelph,
Ontario, N1G 0A2
Guelph retirement home offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care, includes 24 hour onsite nursing staff and features its own Town Square.
60 Woodlawn Road East, Guelph,
Ontario, N1H 8M8
This elegant Guelph retirement home offers a range of care including assisted living and long term care, serviced by a friendly, caring staff.
2930 Erin Centre Boulevard, Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 7M4
Mississauga's unique continuum of care concept featuring Independent Living Suites, Retirement Apartments, Full Service Suites with walk out patios, Assisted Care, Memory Care and Long Term Care.
1620 Upper Wentworth St, Hamilton,
Ontario, L9B 2W3
The Village of Wentworth Heights is a full-service retirement living community offering retirement apartments, full-service suites, assisted living and memory care.
2245 Lawrence Avenue West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M9P 3W3
The Village of Humber Heights in Etobicoke offers different levels of service from independent apartments with meals to assisted living to long-term care.
4100 Upper Middle Road, Burlington,
Ontario, L7W 4W8
Elegant Burlington, Ontario retirement home including everything from the current long term care to new independent living suites, offering various seniors services.
1140 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario, M6H 4E6
From gracious dining to new suites and lounges, residents are enjoying the new management and upgrades found at 1140 Bloor Street West, in the Heart of Bloordale Village.
458 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp,
Ontario, K0A 1L0
One visit to Carp Commons Retirement Village and you’ll see the difference in terms of amenities, food, services, programs, and the little touches that make it feel like home.
626 & 636 Prado Private, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2E 0B3
6 Arthur Street, Carleton Place,
Ontario, K7C 4S4
Carleton Place Terrace welcomes pets: offers residents plenty of options with studios and one-bedrooms that may include a kitchenette & / or a walk-out . Activities & chef-prepared meals keep residents healthy & active.
80 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill,
Ontario, L4C 0L3
Award Winning Delmanor Elgin Mills, has proudly served the Richmond Hill community over the past 15 years.
4950 Pasqua Street, Regina,
Saskatchewan, S4S 7L2
At Wintergreene you'll discover a combination of independence, privacy, activities, health and wellness programs & friendly companionship to savour throughout your retirement.
1510 St. Joseph Boulevard, Orleans,
Ontario, K1C 7L1
Forest Valley Terrace is proud to be the only community that is designed & dedicated to accommodate the needs of seniors with all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia or other forms of memory impairment in Ottawa.
480 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K1S 3N6
Residents can choose their choice of suites with views of the Rideau Canal and Pretoria Bridge. Elegant dining, spacious ballroom, an indoor swimming pool and care services to suite all of your needs. Pet friendly.
877 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Ontario, M4W 3M2
Nestled in the heart of Toronto - known for our Christian heritage, exceptional value we provide, we embrace people of all backgrounds. Experience, engage & enjoy all that life has to offer at Davenhill Senior Living!
552 Holland St W, Bradford,
Ontario, L3Z 2H4
Located in the heart of a vibrant community, Holland Gardens is the perfect place to live, laugh and enjoy life. An exciting community offering a luxurious resort lifestyle, an ideal place for inspired senior living.
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2101, Toronto,
Ontario, M4W 1A8
Spectrum Health Care offers a range of quality health care services designed to suit the individual needs of each client. Our services include nursing, personal/home support, foot care, physiotherapy, and companionship.
867 KLO Road, Kelowna,
British Columbia, V1Y 9G5
Living at Hawthorn Park Retirement Residence means you have choices & can customize the services you need, as you need them. We offer three lifestyle opportunities; supportive living, assisted living & complex care.
2881 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough,
Ontario, M1J 0A2
McCowan Retirement Residence is a vibrant and family oriented retirement home located in Scarborough. With team members who have been here since we opened in 2004, you can expect a warm welcome and a feeling of home.
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver,
British Columbia, V5Y2J4
438 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 2J4
Opal offers a full continuum of support from Independent Living, Assisted living all the way to Complex Care, allowing the opportunity for aging in place.
30 Seacliff Drive, Leamington,
Ontario, N8H 0E5
At Seacliff Manor, we provide a vibrant, supportive retirement lifestyle complete with restaurant style dining and social events and activities. Choose from independent living, assisted living, and memory care options.
110 Rossignol Drive, Orleans,
Ontario, K4A 0N2
With so much to do nearby, it’s easy to forget why you might want to stay home, but with its exceptional dining, impeccable design, and fun activities, you’ll find Promenade has many attractions of its own!
400 Ray Lawson Blvd., Brampton,
Ontario, L6Y 4G4
Southbrook is all about choice - the choice to do what you want, when you want. We celebrate independence but we are here to provide assistance whenever you need it. Southbrook....be a part of the family.
27 Weaver Crescent, Kanata,
Ontario, K2K 2Z8
Enjoy the natural setting of the surrounding Kanata Lakes with access to shopping, parks and churches at Symphony Senior Living Kanata. This pet friendly community offers a variety of service packages and suites to fulfill your unique needs.
175 Rutledge Rd., Mississauga,
Ontario, L5M 0X7
Credit River is a 6-storey condo style residence, with an array of well-appointed suite styles to choose from and our highly-skilled health care professionals are available around the clock if you need them.
110 & 120 Central Park Dr, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2C 4G3
Whether you're looking for independent living, assisted living or memory care, you can access them all in one location at Park Place. We are a vibrant, social community surrounded by parks and close to many amenities.
285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary,
Alberta, T1X 1M9
Prince of Peace a variety of suites styles with kitchenettes and incredible mountain views. It's the perfect residence for seniors who are active, require some assistance, or have memory care needs.
301 7th Street SW, Calgary,
Alberta, T2P 1Y6
460 Rymal Road West, Hamilton,
Ontario, L9B 0B2
12275-224th Street, Maple Ridge,
British Columbia, V2X 6H5
57 Trott Blvd., Collingwood,
Ontario, L9Y 0A3
4005 Eglinton Ave West, Etobicoke,
Ontario, M9A 5H3
170 McGibbon Drive, Kanata,
Ontario, K2L 4H5
Alzheimer's Facts from NIH.gov
Alzheimer’s Association (US) is headquartered in Chicago, IL.
Jim Huinink (with sources, as indicated below)