FACTS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, irreversible, ultimately fatal disease which…
…is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of cases.
…is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the United States; is the fifth leading cause of death for those age 65 and older.
…strikes another American victim every 69 seconds.
…currently affects more than 5.4 million Americans, including 200,000 under the age of 65 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
…currently affects 230,000 Ohioans; projected to be 250,000 by 2025.
…affects one in eight people 65 and older; nearly one in two 85 and older.
…affects women more than men: almost 2/3 of all Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
…has a higher probability (two times) of striking older African Americans than older Caucasians.
…has a higher probability (one and a half times) of striking older Hispanics that older Caucasians.
…is more prevalent among those with fewer years of education than those with more years of education.
…currently has a lifetime average cost of care, per patient, of $174,000.
…currently has a total national direct and indirect cost of caring for its victims of $183 billion.
…by 2050, will affect 40-50 million Americans with a new diagnosis every 33 seconds.
…is growing fastest among those age 39-49.
…creates 14.9 million unpaid caregivers.
…kills 50% of caregivers before the loved one for whom they are providing care due to increased stress.
…makes families victims as well as their loved ones.
Source: 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association