Silver Book Fact

Some individuals with Parkinson’s disease talk, walk, or act out dreams and nightmares in their sleep. The may inadvertently injure themselves or their bed partners in the process.

Simmons A, Tarsy D. Parkinson’s Disease in Later Life. Generations. 2006; 3: 57-63. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/asag/gen/2006/00000030/00000003/art00010

Reference

Title
Parkinson’s Disease in Later Life
Publication
Generations
Publisher
American Society on Aging
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Simmons A, Tarsy D
Pages
57-63
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Of the 5.2 million people aged >65 years with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, 3.4 million are women and 1.8 million are men.  
  • Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can take an enormous toll on the caregiver. 55% of caregivers have less time for other family members. 49% give up…  
  • Alzheimer’s dementia by age
     
  • Physician visits were nearly triple for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers when compared to non-caregivers (95.5 per month/100 contrasted to 34.3 per month/100).  
  • Severe Alzheimer’s disease can cause problems with mobility, eating and breathing. These complications can significantly increase risk for pneumonia–the most commonly identified cause of death in end-stage Alzheimer’s patients.