About half of Americans over the age of 85 are at risk for dementia. Because of that, the national Alzheimer's Association considers it an epidemic.
Health experts say more people are being diagnosed with dementia every year and it's also affecting those younger and younger.
While some with dementia are in professional care, many other live at home or with family. The National Capital Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves the Winchester area.
Regional manager Nancy Niswander says dementia is something the whole community needs to recognize.
"It's a coordinated effort. You have to make sure everybody in the community understands, otherwise we're not going to be able to deal with this onslaught, this massive tsunami of people who are turning 65," said Niswander.
There are 10,000 people a day turning 65-years-old and once they're 65, their risk increases for dementia. About one in eight of them are at risk.
Niswander says people with dementia speak a different language through both verbal and non-verbal communication. She says it's a language everyone should become familiar with.
Click here to visit the National Capital Area's website for more resources for dementia support.
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