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