Dr. Christopher Zambakari, BS, MBA, MIS, LP.D.
Owner/Operator, Desert Haven Home Care, Apollo Residential Assisted Living, Prescott Valley Assisted Living, The Oasis of Prescott; Founder and CEO, The Zambakari Advisory
Nathalia Zambakari, Board Certified AGACNP-BC
Consultant for the New York City Health and Hospitals and a Chronic Venous Insufficiency Expert at Premier Vein of Alaska.
Annually, the number of people diagnosed with dementia increases, making a caregiver’s knowledge or familiarity with the signs and symptoms of the condition an important weapon in dealing with the condition. Early diagnosis can help treat symptoms and slow memory loss.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports the elderly population (those aged 65 years or older) in the U.S. is expected to double from approximately 35 million today to more than 70 million by 2030. The American Psychological Association tabs the growth from 48 million to 88 million by 2050. With such rapid growth in the number of older Americans, prevention and treatment of chronic diseases of aging will take on growing importance. Dementia is a disease of particular concern because the decline in memory and other cognitive functions that characterizes this condition also leads to a loss of independent function that has a wide-ranging impact on individuals, families and healthcare systems.
As research into the disease continues, the Alzheimer’s Association believes we are in a time of “unprecedented promise” in the quest to defeat dementia. There is progress in the fight against the debilitating condition. Blood tests are being developed to advance early detection of dementia; new gene therapy initiatives are in the works to “fix” inherited gene mutations; lifestyle choices are being studied and advances are being made.