Our office serves the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is made of 15 counties (Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Marquette, Menominee, Mackinac, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft).
Within the UP, there are 8,100 people with Alzheimer's disease, and that number is growing every day. Nationwide, there are more than 5 million people with Alzheimer's. Worldwide, someone develops Alzheimer's disease every 72 seconds.
Alzheimer's disease is the result of a specific pattern of deterioration in the brain and is the most common form of dementia. Though it is most commonly associated with the elderly, it is possible to develop Alzheimer's disease as young as your twenties. The loss of memory, speech, facial recognition skills, mobility, personality change, and other disabilities are all characteristics that only worsen as the disease progresses.
The impact of Alzheimer's does not end with those who have the disease. Spouses and partners, family, friends, caregivers, professionals, and community members all struggle with the effects of the disease as they are continuing to care for others.