While the media is slathered in Purell and Coronavirus reports, the news that our prime earning generation is succumbing to a disease of the elderly should be front page news. Diagnosis rates increased by 200% from 2013-2017 in ages 30 to 64. The average age of someone in the commercially insured population living with either condition is 49 and women are disproportionately impacted than men. What happens to our autism families if Mom is struck down by dementia? We have the sandwich generation already, middle aged parents caring for children and elderly parents. Most of us will take care of our adult children with autism well into our own elderly years. Read this article linked below and share your thoughts.
From Blue Cross Blue Shield
Each year, early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affect the daily lives of a growing number of Americans under 65. As measured by the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health IndexSM in 2017, about 131,000 commercially insured Americans1 between the ages of 30 and 64 were diagnosed with either condition.
Dementia is a general term for cognitive decline in excess of typical aging. An adult with early-onset dementia may have trouble with memory, language and cognitive skills that can make it difficult to perform routine tasks. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia characterized by progressive brain deterioration, memory loss and an inability to independently care for oneself.2
As early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to affect younger Americans, it is important to understand the impact of both forms of dementia on the health of Americans and their caregivers.3
EARLY-ONSET DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE COMBINED TRENDS
Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease affects a growing number of younger commercially insured Americans. In 2017, about 131,000 people between the ages of 30 and 64 were diagnosed with either form of dementia. Diagnosis rates increased by 200% from 2013-2017 in ages 30 to 64. The average age of someone in the commercially insured population living with either condition is 49 and women are disproportionately impacted than men. (See Exhibit 1.)