Living Well with Dementia and Alzheimer's

What is Dementia and Alzheimer's?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of distinct neurological diseases caused by plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, strokes, or other problems in the brain. Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia and one of the most common, accounting for more than approximately 70% of cases. There are more than 50 identified forms of dementia besides Alzheimer's disease, including: (1) frontotemporal dementia; (2) Lewy bodies disease; (3) Parkinson's disease; (4) Pick's disease; (5) vascular dementia. Some forms of dementia may be reversible, but for the majority, including Alzheimer's disease, there remains no cure.

Symptoms include short and long-term memory loss, difficulties with problem solving, and performing step-wise tasks, and impaired communicative abilities. The cognitive decline from dementia is significantly different from what is expected from normal aging and interferes with the completion of activities of daily living.

Early detection and prevention are keys to helping people with Alzheimer’s and dementia live independently for as long as possible. Reducing stigma around dementia and Alzheimer’s will help foster a more respectful, inclusive and supportive Nevada. (Source: Nevada State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease, 2015).


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45,000 Nevadans
with Alzheimer’s

169 Million Hours of
Unpaid Care

50 Percent May be

Currently, there are around 45,000 Nevadans living with Alzheimer’s Disease. As lifespans increase, so will the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s yearly.

In 2017, Nevada’s caregivers provided over 169 million hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s, totaling more than $2 billion. That’s $243,835 per hour or $67.73 per second!

Currently, as many as half of people with Alzheimer’s disease are not diagnosed. Doctors are often reluctant to give the diagnosis or fear the reaction.

Here are Ten Common Warning Signs of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

  1. Memory loss
  2. Challenges solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing tasks
  4. Confusion
  5. Trouble understanding visual images
  6. New problems speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Decreased judgment
  9. Withdrawal from social activity
  10. Changes in mood
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Northern & Northeastern Nevada

Access to Healthcare Network

(877) 861-1893

Serving Carson, Douglas, Mineral, Storey, and Washoe CountiesElko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and White Pine counties


Access to Healthcare Network

(877) 861-1893

Serving Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and White Pine counties


Southern Nevada

Nevada Senior Services

(844) 850-5113

Serving Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties


RUral NEvada

William N. Pennington Life Center

(775) 423-7096

Serving Churchill and Pershing counties


Lyon County Human Services

(775) 577-5009

Serving Lyon county


Printable Resources for Reference and More Information

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NWD Coordinator

Jamie Ahumada
3416 Goni Road
Carson City, NV 89706