The 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures annual report of the Alzheimer’s Association is truly staggering, enough to really make you stop and think about the impact of this disease not just now, but in the future. I keep seeing the word “epidemic” used in reference to what lies ahead, and in looking at these statistics it is all becoming alarmingly clear. We have to do something; we have to find solutions. We simply cannot sit back and continue to call this an “old person’s” disease that doesn’t need to be addressed with the following skyrocketing statistics. I know this disease personally, and I’ve been subjected to it’s long-term cruelty. Alzheimer’s doesn’t just impact the afflicted, it impacts all those who have to deal with the long-term devastation emotionally and financially. In the time it takes to watch this video from the Alzheimer’s Association and see the facts for yourself, two more Americans will develop Alzheimer’s disease. Does this make you as concerned as it does me?
- 5.4 million Americans currently are living with Alzheimer’s disease
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US
- Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top ten killers that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed
- There are nearly 15 million caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia providing 17 billion hours of unpaid care
- Alzheimer’s costs the nation $183 billion annually
- Since 2000 death rates from other major diseases have dropped while Alzheimer’s deaths have risen by 66%
- Every 69 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s