Alzheimer's InfoBy 2025, 1 out of 7 people will have Alzheimer’s – bringing totals to 6 million people in the USA! Currently 5.4 million have it and every 69 seconds someone develops it!
Dementia is the general term for loss of memory and other mental disabilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder, is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases.

Cooking is one of the first activities affected with patients who have dementia. Stoves are often removed from dementia patients’ homes, as it is not uncommon for sufferers to put dinner on the stove and then go for a walk around the block while the evening meal burns back home.

Alzheimer’s disease was named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease in the century since Dr. Alzheimer first drew attention to it.

As of March 2012 we know that:*

  • Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with it.
  • Every 69 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer’s. The disease destroys brain cells, causing memory loss, problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies, social life and basic daily activities.
  • Alzheimer’s gets worse over time and it is fatal. Today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2011, 15 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society was 200 billion dollars in 2011.
  • 80% of care provided at home is by family caregivers who find caregiving the #1 stress in their lives.
  • In the year before their loved ones death, 59% of caregivers felt they were “on duty” 24 hours a day, and that caregiving during this time was extremely stressful.

Strategic investments in other diseases such as cancer and heart disease have resulted in significant declines in mortality but deaths from Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise! With an increase of 66% between 2000 and 2008, Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America with no way to prevent, cure or slow its progression. With a rapidly aging population, Alzheimer’s will continue to impact more lives. We need to see the same type of investment for Alzheimer’s and stop the epidemic!

*2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report


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