2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures: Numbers are Rising

Alzheimer's disease and dementia numbers are rising

 

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released updated facts and figures on Alzheimer’s disease for 2012. As numbers continue to rise, there are some startling statistics that illustrate the impact of this growing healthcare and caregiving epidemic.

  • Someone new develops Alzheimer’s diease every 68 seconds
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US
  • There are over 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the US
  • These 15 million dementia caregivers equal the population of the fifth largest US state – Illinois – where I live
  • Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased 66% while deaths from other major diseases have dropped
  • Alzheimer’s cost the US $200 billion annually, and caregivers share this huge financial burden

Download the Alzheimer’s Association report “2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” here and watch the video for a quick recap on the latest findings.

Awareness is our hope for a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Please share this information with others. Facts and figures courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association.

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer's Disease National Commemorative Candle LightingEach year, November is dedicated as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. It is an especially significant time for me to reflect on how this disease has changed my life. Anyone who has witnessed a loved one struggle and eventually succumb to dementia is forever changed by this gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and incurable disease. By its very nature, Alzheimer’s will destroy you as it claims your loved one. It will chew you up and spit you out as you stand by, helpless to stop the progression and inevitable outcome.

The key to emerging from the devastation for me was to find acceptance by determining what I have learned from Alzheimer’s, and then to use that knowledge wisely, both to make me a better person and to help others when possible. I don’t wish Alzheimer’s on anyone, but I do continue to hope that what people find beyond the finality of Alzheimer’s will help them see more clearly and live more purposefully. This is what I have gained from my mother’s journey through Alzheimer’s disease.

Following are a few of the numerous events to be held in conjunction with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

October 31, 2011: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

A photography exhibition recognizing the contributions of Alzheimer’s patients and their families will be open for public viewing from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Russell Senate Rotunda, Capitol Visitor Center, Washington D.C. The photographs, taken by renowned photographer Judith Fox, chronicle her husband’s journey with the disease and provide a rare insight into caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Registration is required, see link.

November 13, 2011: National Commemorative Candling Lighting

To honor those who have been lost to the disease or currently live with the disease. I will light a candle in memory of my mother, and pray for all those who have fallen to this disease, as well as all those who have been affected by it – caregivers, family, and friends. Click on link to find a local ceremony near you.

November 15, 2011: National Memory Screening Day

If you suspect cognitive impairment, either for yourself or a loved one, early detection is key to pinpoint the exact problem and offer solutions and options as possible. Do it for yourself or a loved one if you suspect Alzheimer’s disease. Click on the link to find a memory screening in your community.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and an epidemic is predicted as baby boomers age over the next twenty years. November reminds us all to be aware . . . . . and to learn more . . . . we must find a cure.

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