KGMI News Reporting
By Crystal King
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - America’s Baby Boomers started turning 65 in 2011.
Within the next twelve years the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is estimated to reach over 7 million, a 40 percent increase.
Alzheimer Society of Washington Executive Director Katherine Sitkers calls the rapid aging of America a silver tsunami for the disease.
By 2050 the number of people with alzheimer’s is expected to Triple.
Sitkers says the progressive brain disorder that results in loss of memory and ultimately death is a double loss for families and Caregivers.
Often families affected by Alzheimer’s feel traumatized.
Sitkers says those affected by Alzheimer’s need to know that they aren’t alone and that there are others going through the same thing.
For 30 years the Alzheimer’s Society of Washington has been providing hundreds of hours of education and support for those suffering with the progressive brain disorders and their family and friends in Whatcom County.
People can learn more about the organization online at www.alzsociety.org.