The number of people around the world suffering from dementia is now over 46 million, according to The World Alzheimer Report, published by King’s College of London and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Time cites the report, emphasizing that the number is a dramatic increase from the estimated 35 million who were afflicted with the disease in 2009. Researchers warn that if no medical breakthrough happens for the prevention or cure of Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the number could double in 20 years.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S, with 52.5 million adults estimated to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. The 2013 statistics for the state of Georgia show roughly 1,814,000 adults with arthritis; and a whopping 843,000 of them report to being severely limited by the disease. Living with arthritis could present many difficulties with even the simplest day-to-day activities. Home care professionals can help elderly patients cope with the illness and better manage their condition.