Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn The Facts

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. At that time, less than 2 million people were living with the disease in the United States.  Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Here are some of the important facts and figures you should know, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.
  • Of the 5 million people in America age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s, 3.2 million are women and 1.8 million are men.
  • In the U.S., approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive condition in the nation. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
  • A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man.
  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.

Early detection will provide you with the opportunity to seek immediate medical attention and develop a care plan for you or your loved one. Learn the Alzheimer’s Association’s 10 warning signs and contact a doctor if you or someone you know is experiencing any of them:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood and personality.

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November 19, 2014 | Posted by CareOne | Filed in Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,