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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregiver Month

Throughout the month, Heritage Healthcare recognizes those affected with this debilitating and devastating disease and those that care for them.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is growing and growing fast

  • 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 200,000 under the age of 65.  By 2050 this number will triple to an estimated 16 million people who will have the disease.
  • Every 67 seconds someone in the US develops the disease.  By 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds!
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the US

Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic:

  • Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease (3.2 million) are women.
  • Women over the age of 60 have an estimated 1 in 6 lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, compared to a 1 in 11 risk of developing breast cancer.
  • More than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.
  • There are 2.5 times more women than men providing intensive ‘on-duty’ care 24 hours a day for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • There are 2.3 times more women than men who have been providing care to someone with Alzheimer’s for more than 5 years.
  • Studies show that female caregivers receive less care giving support than male caregivers.

Alzheimers_A.jpgAll caregivers, of people with Alzheimer’s, face a devastating toll.

  • In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care-valued at more than $220 billion.
  • Nearly 60% of caregivers, to persons with dementia, rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; more than one-third report symptoms of depression.
  • Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013.

The growing Alzheimer’s Crisis is helping to bankrupt America.

  • 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.
  • Nearly one in every five dollars of Medicare spending is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • The average per-person Medicare spending for those with dementia is three times higher than those without these conditions.
  • It is estimated that by 2050 $1.2 trillion will be the direct cost of addressing Alzheimer’s disease.  Costs of Medicare and Medicaid will increase by 500 percent!
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Info and research courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association:

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