My husband just celebrated his 61st birthday.
Along with the presents and the cake came all the funny cards about aging. One in particular listed the innumerable things he can look forward to. Well, I am sure you can just imagine what those are!
At the beginning when we were fifty, we would laugh at these cards because they seem to be things that only happen to our parents, very remote from our daily lives. But alas, as we are now in our sixties some things have begun to creep in.
Some of the things are not too serious: wrinkles, senior discounts, listening to the TV really loud etc. But, yesterday a report came out from the Alzheimer’s association about the looming crisis of Alzheimer’s disease, especially the impact on women.
- 5 million cases today projected to soar over 13 million in the next 35 years.
- Today, 500,000 die every year from the disease.
- Women over 65 have a 1 in 6 chance of developing the disease, men of the same age 1 in 11 chance
- Twice as many women as men are caregivers to those afflicted with the disease.
Whether caregiver or afflicted with the disease, the burden of Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Here is a link to the very good article as well as more information for caregivers and patients.
This is the weather today in my little corner of the world: now 49 degrees going to a high of 64 degrees.