Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2010, 2:52 pm

Alzheimer's disease in Iowa on the rise

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Press release submitted by Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month

Davenport/Iowa November 11, 2010 - Because November is both National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, consider the effects of Alzheimer's Disease on Iowans:

· Since 2000, the number of Iowans aged 65 and older with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia has increased 6%, for a total of 69,000 Iowans afflicted. And the problem isn't going away: By 2025, it's estimated that the number will increase 18%, to a total of 77,000 Iowans with the disease.

· With an increase in the number of Alzheimer's patients, there is also a need for more caregivers, often family members, whose quality of life is also affected by the disease. In 2009, there were 106,474 Alzheimer's caregivers in Iowa, with a total unpaid value of care estimated to be $1,394,406,454.

"Recent research indicates that more than half of all Americans know someone living with Alzheimer's and that 30% of Americans have a family member with it," Carol Sipfle, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter said. "Alzheimer's is a disease of epidemic proportions throughout the country and definitely exists within our community. It's important to learn about lifestyle changes that may play a role in preventing Alzheimer's, caring for those with the disease, and how to advocate for more Alzheimer's research," she said.

In October, over 500 hundred of residents of Quad Cities and surrounding communities came together to raise over $75,000 for the Alzheimer's Association at the 2010 Memory Walk. Walkers are still raising funds through November in honor, support and memory of loved ones. The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, urges Iowans to take time this month to learn more about Alzheimer's and caretaking of persons with dementia.

"In addition, our website, provides information for caregivers, for Alzheimer's patients and for family members," Sipfle said.

About the Alzheimer's Association

Since its founding in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association has been the leader in making the fight against Alzheimer's a national priority, a call that resonates during November during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. After designating a National Alzheimer's Disease Week in 1982, President Ronald Reagan helped to launch a national campaign against Alzheimer's disease in 1983, calling members of the Alzheimer's Association to the White House for the signing of a proclamation declaring National Alzheimer's Disease Month.

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit