September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. On this day, Alzheimer’s organizations, as well other groups and individuals around the world have bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers in their communities; speak to their legislators about funding; and turn their Facebook pages purple—all in an attempt to raise awareness about this unpreventable and incurable disease.
Here, at Seniors Guide, we’re joining in this effort by sharing some shocking, yet very real, facts about Alzheimer’s disease in this country. We encourage your participation in raising awareness and raising money, and as a result, raising hope that one day this disease will claim fewer minds … and lives all over the world.
- Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease.
- In 2015, an estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 5.1 million of these people are age 65 and older, and about 200,000 individuals are under 65.
- Almost two-thirds of those Americans with Alzheimer’s are female.
- By 2050, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s (65 and older) may nearly triple.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
- Of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., Alzheimer’s is the only one that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
- In 2015, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia will cost the nation $226 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise to $1.1 trillion.