Chapter Two give you the knowledge about dementia I didn’t have when I started this journey. What I could find when I received my diagnosis in 2020 was a lot of clinical information (which by the way scared me) and a ton of information for caregivers, which is to be expected, but practically no information that was tailored to a person who was just diagnosed, or suspected they have dementia.
Today more than 55 million people worldwide are living with dementia and 27 thousand new people are diagnosed every day. That’s 10 million new cases each year.
In 2020, early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affected about 452,000 commercially insured Americans between the ages of 30 and 64—a three-fold increase in diagnoses over the four-year period, yet having dementia carries a huge stigma where most people like me think this is only a senior geriatric disease. something for people in nursing homes.
Section One is a small attempt to set that record straight and help you with not only a better understanding of what dementia in all its forms is, but also personally how it feels.
TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE WRONG IDEA ABOUT WHAT DEMENTIA IS. MOST PEOPLE ONLY THINK DEMENTIA IS LIKE WHAT THEY SEE ON TV OR MOVIES. IN LATER DEMENTIA SOME OF THAT IS TRUE OR IT MIGHT BE JUST AGING. IN THIS ARTICLE WITH THE HELP OF PSYCHOLOGY TODAY WE TRY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT
THIS IS A SUBJECT THAT IS COVERER PERIODICALLY ON WANDERING LITE AND DEMENTIA TALKS BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE, WHICH OF COURSE IS CHANGING OVER TIME.
EACH PERSON’S EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT, BUT AS WE REVIEW MY EXPERIENCE AND OTHERS, WE FIND THEY ARE ALL PRETTY MUCH THE SAME. NONE OF THEM ARE A STRAIGHT LINE. THEY INVOLVE LOTS OF TIME AND DOCTORS.