Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 12, 2010

Dementia: Host Corinne Frugoni Speaks with Dr. Melissa McKenzie and Maggie Kraft, July 19, 2010

Join host Corinne Frugoni on July 19th when she speaks with Dr. Melissa McKenzie, a neurologist with Humboldt Neurological Medical Group, and Maggie Kraft of the Humboldt County Senior Resource Center about diagnosis, treatment, and local resources for Dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia currently affecting 5.3 million Americans and stands as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Because women typically live longer than men, women are statistically more likely to suffer from the disease. As the U.S. population ages, addressing the complex issues surrounding dementia and caring for those who suffer from the disease will become increasing important within the arena of public health. By 2029, all baby boomers will be at least 65 years old—an age group totaling an estimated 70 million people with women accounting for more than half—and they will have a significant impact on the U.S. healthcare system. By mid century researchers estimate as many as 19 million Americans will be wrestling with the challenges of dementia.

 

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