Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive brain disease and is becoming a major public health issue in the United States. Approximately 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, 330,000 of those are Texans. Unless a cure or prevention is found, that number is expected to increase to between 11 and 16 million by 2050.
Alzheimer's is a disease of the brain that causes a steady decline in memory, thinking and behavior that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life. How rapidly the disease progresses varies from person to person, but all affected individuals experience confusion, personality changes, impaired judgment, and eventually can no longer care for themselves. Alzheimer's disease is a terminal illness. As the disease progresses, more and more of the brain is affected. Eventually the areas that control basic life functions, like swallowing and breathing, become irreversibly damaged.
The Alzheimer's Disease Program was established by legislative mandate in 1987 to provide information and support to Alzheimer's patients, their families, and long term care providers. The program works to increase awareness of the disease and to address its burden on individuals living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them through statewide strategic planning with the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the many dedicated volunteers of the Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Partnership.
2014 Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures Report: Click Here to Download PDF