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Aging in Place with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

About 5.2 million people in the U.S. live with dementia. More than 10% of Americans over 65–and 50% of those over 85–have some form of it. One out of three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. These figures will likely continue to grow as Baby Boomers age–and create an unsettling effect on many of them who long for continued quality of life in their own homes.

Older adults who have not been formally diagnosed with dementia may fear that they have it – and those who are diagnosed are often terrified. The stigma of dementia can have a devastating effect on anyone’s quality of life, and researchers have begun to uncover links between dementia and anxiety. Both dementia and anxiety, in fact, can affect your ability to age in place.