Alzheimer’s Association report: misdiagnosis

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – On March 10th, KREX 5 brought you an exclusive look into the 2020 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures national report. Today, we are presenting a second look into the report, focusing on misdiagnosis. The Director of Operations for Alzheimer’s Association’s Colorado Chapter had a personal experience with misdiagnosis. Deb Wells’ husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and then found out he had Lewy body dementia, years later.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2020 Facts and Figures report, 76,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s in Colorado. This is a 4.1% increase over the last year. An additional 256,000 Coloradans voluntarily provided 292 million hours of unpaid care for their loved ones.

Some key findings of the 2020 report include:

  • A shortage of trained physicians (85% of people were diagnosed with dementia by a non-dementia specialist)
  • The number of Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s disease will reach 92,000 by 2025
  • Colorado will be a 225% increase in geriatricians by 2050, in order to serve just 100% of state residents 65 and over, expected to be living with Alzheimer’s.
  • Nationwide, 5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s over the age of 65 (this number does not include individuals living with onset Alzheimer’s)

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Associations; research or donation opportunities, visit: https://www.alz.org/

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