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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Facts

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic in the United States. Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 leading causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed, and nearly one in three seniors develops Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

As the population of the U.S. grows, so will the number of older adults with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. The number of people with Alzheimer’s in adults over the age of 65 is estimated to reach 7.1 million by 2025. By 2050, the numbers could reach nearly 14 million, almost triple what they are today with 5.1 million people afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are devastating to victims and their loved ones. Oftentimes, friend and family become caregivers, and in 2014 friends and family of Alzheimer victims provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care. Nearly half of caregivers for victims of dementia reported a household income of less than $50,000 a year. Nearly 40 percent of caregivers for persons with Alzheimer’s suffer from depression.

Alzheimer’s is also one of the costliest diseases to American society. Nearly one in five Medicare dollars is spent treating Alzheimer’s or other dementias. As the population grows, those costs could become one in three dollars. An estimated $226 billion will be spent on Alzheimer and dementia treatments in this year alone.

While medical researchers continue to work tirelessly for effective treatment and cures for Alzheimer’s disease and other devastating dementias, America is still dealing with an aging population. Unfortunately, these issues are not going away anytime soon; it’s important that your family talks about how to deal with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. 


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