According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Americans diagnosed with this disease is growing fast. An estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.
By 2050, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may grow to a projected 12.7 million. Several studies of drugs to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s are currently underway but to date, there is no known cure.
Still, there is hope. Just ask Lynn Malin, whose husband, Bernard was recently diagnosed. “My husband’s dementia diagnosis was devastating,” says Lynn. “But since he started getting care at the Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health, we have seen an improvement in his cognition, giving us some hope for the future.”
A patient for the Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health at Hackensack University Medical Center, Bernard started physical therapy, as well as cognitive therapy.
“Cognitive therapy provides important tools for patients and their families to address cognitive gaps,” says Dr. Manisha Parulekar, co-director of the Center. “Cognitive exercises are helpful for both prevention as well as management of memory loss associated with dementia.”