Living with Dementia
Who is afflicted?
No one is certain why some people get Alzheimer's and others don't. With continued research, more and more is being learned about this disease every day. There are some factors that researchers believe can increase a person's risk of getting Alzheimer's disease. Scientists believe, for example, that those who have an immediate family member with Alzheimer's may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's themselves, although the causes and degree of risk are not clear.
Who is affected?
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has implications not only for the person with the disease, but also for his or her family and friends. Everyone who cares for someone with Alzheimer's will feel the effects of the disease and will need to understand how to cope with what is happening to his or her family member or friend. Depression is found in 20% of persons with Alzheimer's disease and in up to 50% of Alzheimer's caregivers.