Regular readers know that I have lost several family members to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. So, I am acutely aware that I need to be on guard and do everything I can to keep myself off that list. Consequently, I write about it often.
I can tell you from first hand experience that Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. Not only does it strip away its victim’s life and memories, but it tears the heart out of everyone who loves that person and witnesses it happening.
The infographic has the latest info for 2015. There is no infographic for 2016, yet, but here are some of the numbers from the Alzheimer’s Association just released.
More than 5.0 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Family caregivers spend more than $5000 a year caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s Disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 71 percent since 2000, and it remains the only cause of death that cannot be prevented, slowed or treated. In 2016 an estimated 700,000 people will die with Alzheimer’s, meaning they will die after having developed the disease.
In 2015 more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care.
• Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s. By mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
• Nearly half (48 percent) of family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s are jeopardizing their financial stability to afford dementia-related expenses. For some, this means drawing from savings or retirement funds; for others this may mean sacrificing basic needs such as food, transportation and medical care.
• Nearly two out of three people incorrectly believe that Medicare helps pay for nursing home care, or were unsure whether it did — leaving many families unprepared for the personal financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease.
All is not lost. Last year I put together a post from the Alzheimer’s Association on protecting your brain. Please check out there – 10 Ways to Love Your Brain.
Last, but not least, My Page – Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits) may prove helpful.