Facts About Alzheimer’s That Every Person Should Know
If you have a senior loved one in your life, then you need to know about Alzheimer’s, plain and simple. Alzheimer’s has become an epidemic in our world today and the more you know about this disease and how it could impact your loved ones, the better. Here are some basic facts about Alzheimer’s that every person should know.
- More than 50% of Seniors Over 85 Have Alzheimer’s
This is why it is so important to be on the lookout for signs of Alzheimer’s when you have a loved one 85 and older. It is the most common type of dementia in the world. Over 13% of people over 65 have the condition, and an estimated 5.4 million Americans today are living with Alzheimer’s and don’t even know it.
- Alzheimer’s is More Common in Females
More than 2/3 of Americans living with Alzheimer’s today are women. Part of this statistic has to do with the fact that women live longer than men, but it is important to realize it is more common among the female gender.
- Alzheimer’s Rate Are Growing
As people continue to live longer, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease is only growing with it.
- 15 Million Americans Are Alzheimer’s Caregivers
If you are an Alzheimer’s caregiver to a family member or loved one, you are not alone. More than 15 million people today act as the primary care provider of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, 80% of individuals with Alzheimer’s who receive at-home care are being cared for by a family member.
- Alzheimer’s is One of the Leading Causes of Death in the United States
Alzheimer’s is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. This is why it is more important than ever that we find a cure.
- Those With Alzheimer’s are More Likely to Experience Depression
There are so many difficulties that come with Alzheimer’s disease. It is hard to communicate, to live independently and to carry out your normal quality of life.
- Alzheimer’s Care is a Large Financial Burden
The total cost of Alzheimer’s care in the United States is around $259 billion. Around $56 billion of that amount is paid out of pocket by those with the disease.
These facts about Alzheimer’s may be overwhelming, but they are true and are important pieces of information for any person with a senior loved one in their lives. Make sure that you are looking for changes in your loved one’s memory, personality, and cognitive function so that you can spot dementia and Alzheimer’s early on and help your loved one get the care they need if they are in fact dealing with this condition.
- Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place for her senior research project and placed in the 98th percentile on the national exam for OB/GYN residents in the U.S..
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