Let's face it: the facts about Alzheimer's are frightening. But far too few people know just how serious the crisis is. Help us get the word out and raise the volume so that we can defeat this disease.
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General Facts About Alzheimer's:
Alzheimer’s is now likely the 3rd leading cause of death in the US and the only one in the top ten with no true treatment or cure.
There are around 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers in the US.
By 2020, Alzheimer’s will have cost the US $2 trillion; By 2050, more than $1 trillion annually.
500,000 people died from Alzheimer’s in 2010. That’s 6 times more than previously thought, putting Alzheimer’s nearly on par with cancer.
Alzheimer’s is NOT just an “old person’s disease.” People can begin to show signs of Alzheimer’s as early on as their 30s.
The U.S. government only commits a fraction of research funds to Alzheimer’s — less than $500 million annually — compared to other top diseases.
Researchers believe that we can stop Alzheimer’s by 2025, but only with the right amount of resources appropriately applied.
Alzheimer's and Women:
Simply being a woman is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Almost 2/3 of all Alzheimer’s patients in the US are women, and of the 15.4 million Americans who are unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers, 70% are women.
Families spent 17.5 billion hours of time as caregivers; that’s valued at more than $216B in wages (primarily unpaid) to women
A new case of Alzheimer’s is diagnosed every 68 seconds -- most of these cases are women.
Despite women’s longer life spans, recent studies suggest that Alzheimer’s affects men & women differently, and that there are other genetic factors at play.
New reports show that nearly as many women die of Alzheimer's each year as from breast and ovarian cancer combined.
Alzheimer's and African Americans:
African Americans are two to three times more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to develop Alzheimer’s.
African Americans are less likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage
For older African Americans, Alzheimer’s is the 4th leading cause of death.
While African Americans make up less than 14 percent of the U.S. population, they bear over 30 percent of the costs of Alzheimer's.
African Americans who leave the workforce to care for an affected family member lose on average more than $300,000 in earnings, pensions and Social Security benefits and are more than three times as likely to live in poverty as similarly situated white Americans.
African Americans are more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to have multiple cases of Alzheimer’s or dementia in the same family.