Deaths Caused by Alzheimer’s Disease Rising Rapidly in Georgia
2019 Rate-of-Growth Faster Compared to National Average
Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating illness that progresses over time. Its impact is felt across the state of Georgia by thousands of families. In fact, the number of Georgia residents dying from Alzheimer’s is growing at a rapid pace that exceeds the national average.
2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures (Download the full report)
According to the study by the national Alzheimer’s Association, here are key findings about Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Georgia:
- In 2017, 4,298 people died from Alzheimer’s
- That’s a 248% increase from 1,235 deaths in 2000
- Nationally, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s increased by 145% over the same period
- There are an estimated 150,000 Georgian’s living with Alzheimer’s in 2019
- By 2025, it’s estimated to climb to 190,000. That’s only 6 years away
- There are 533,000 family members and friends serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers
- They provide a total of 607 million hours of unpaid care valued at a cost of $7.6 billion
- State of Georgia Medicaid costs for Alzheimer’s care totals $1.18 billion
Why Georgia Exceeds the National Average Growth Rate for Alzheimer’s Deaths
Increased age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease. And with increased population comes an increase in the number of seniors afflicted with it. To provide context on our population growth, from 2017 to 2018, metro Atlanta had the fourth-fastest population growth in the nation to 6 million people.
“Unfortunately, the trajectory of the disease is faster than we can even get our hands around.” - Linda Davidson, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter
Compassionate Alzheimer’s Care in the Home
At Health Force of Georgia, we understand that your loved one should receive the best care possible. Fortunately, quality Alzheimer’s care is possible in the comfort and safety of home for many seniors in the early or middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Home care for Alzheimer’s can be financially affordable when compared to hard fixed costs passed down to patients by assisted living facilities, nursing homes or memory care centers.
Our specially-trained memory caregivers deliver dignified care on an hourly, daily or 24/7 live-in basis. Service is available throughout metro Atlanta and 18 surrounding counties.
Health Force of Georgia Offers Many Types of Assistance with Alzheimer's Patients
Call (770) 458-8500
to schedule help:
- Mental stimulation
- Physical activities and social engagement
- Bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Light housework
- Transportation to medical appointments and other events
- Planning and preparing nutritious meals
- Grocery shopping
- Doing hobbies
- Monitoring and giving medications
- Keeping records on patient status, changes and all activities
- Maintaining a safe environment and consistent routine to lessen agitation or outbursts
- Adapting level of care as disease progresses
- Managing change in behavior
Respite Care is Another Viable Option
While most people willingly provide care for their loved ones, they quickly realize that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is all-encompassing. When the patient relies on you 24/7 without a break, the task can become overwhelming leaving the caregiver with the feeling that their life is now totally consumed.
Health Force of Georgia is ready to step in for you as an Alzheimer’s respite caregiver. We provide complete, gentle care while you take much-needed time away for yourself. Schedule a day off every week, take a long weekend or take a vacation with your family to refresh and recharge your energy. You can enjoy your respite knowing that all is safe and looked-after at home.
Put respite care on your wish list. If friends or family ask what you want for a gift, suggest a gift certificate or something that will help you take care of yourself as you care for your loved one.
Watch this video to see 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Then get in touch with your doctor.
Why Early Detection and Diagnosis is Important
If you notice any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, schedule an appointment with your doctor. An early diagnosis offers the following benefits:
- Determines if the symptoms are truly due to Alzheimer’s disease, or caused by some other condition that is treatable
- Provides access to treatment options that may lessen symptoms such as memory loss or confusion
- Allows the patient an opportunity to participate in clinical trials that may provide medical benefits
- Provides families with more time to assemble a long-term health care plan to help lessen anxieties
- Organizes legal documents to express wishes
- Creates a support network to help in difficult times
Each day brings new challenges as Alzheimer’s brings changing levels of ability and different patterns of behavior. As the disease gets worse, people living with Alzheimer’s disease often need more intensive care.
Health Force of Georgia is here to help. We may be the answer to what you’ve been looking for.
Health Force of Georgia Service Area
Health Force of Georgia offers affordable Alzheimer's Disease and dementia care services in the Metro Atlanta area. We know that providing memory care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is stressful and challenging for caregivers. That’s why we’re here for you with flexible Alzheimer’s care assistance that removes the burden of care for a short time or an extended period depending on your situation.
Our service area includes metro Atlanta, GA and 18 surrounding counties.