It is estimated that 1 out of 3 seniors in the US will die from Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
If we are lucky enough to reach age 85, 1 out of 2 seniors will have some form of Dementia. It is estimated that the number of people in the US with dementia will nearly triple to 14 million by the year 2050.
Even more staggering than the growth in dementia across the older population is that early signs of cognitive impairment are being identified in much younger adults. Subjective Cognitive Impairment (SCI), is the self-experienced decline in cognition and memory. Individuals with SCI may perform normally on traditional cognition tests, but they have self-reported declines in cognition that are significant enough to affect their lives. The CDC study in 2015, indicated that 1 out of 9 adults in the US age 45 and older have SCI.
The effects of Subjective Cognitive Impairment were staggering. Those individuals that reported having SCI had reported the following impact:
• 35.7% need assistance with household chores
• 40% indicated they had to give up day to day activities
• 1 out of 3 indicated that it had affected their work, social or volunteering activities.
There are lifestyle and cognitive changes that we can make to prevent, slow or reverse cognitive impairment and dementia.