Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming degenerative disease that can devastate not only a patient, but also their loved ones as they try to understand and cope with the diagnosis and the day to day reality. If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or are concerned about your risk or that of a loved one, then here are a few of the essential statistics you should know about Alzheimer’s disease:
- Over five million people in the US are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to rise to 16 million by the year 2050.
- Someone develops Alzheimer’s disease in the US every sixty-six seconds. Almost 500,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s will be diagnosed this year alone.
- One out of every ten people 65 years or older currently suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
- African Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop Alzheimer’s, and Hispanics are about one and half times as likely to develop the disease.
- Alzheimer’s has become the sixth largest cause of death in the U.S. alone. One out of every three seniors will die with either Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
- The number of deaths from Alzheimer’s has increased by 89% since 2000. It currently kills more people than both breast and prostate cancers together.
- Among those over the age of 70, 61% who have Alzheimer’s are likely to die before age 80, compared to only 30% of those without Alzheimer’s.
- Over fifteen million individuals in the U.S. currently provide unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
- Almost two-thirds of these caregivers are women, and 34% of them are age 65 or older.
- 35% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia report that their own health has deteriorated due to their overwhelming responsibilities.
Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s can take a devastating toll on a caregiver. Compared with people who are caregivers for someone without dementia, twice as many caregivers for those who have dementia experience substantial emotional, financial, and physical problems. If you are currently caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, reach out for support. Not only is there a wealth of information and resources available online, but there are more and more companies that specialize in helping those who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
At Specialty Care Services, we offer caregiver support services, in-home care, and even personal home care services such as laundry, light housekeeping, and general household tasks. We can also take patients or their caregivers shopping, run errands for them, take patients to the doctor, or just offer companionship to a loved one while the caregiver is out. We even assist patients with daily tasks of hygiene and personal care including bathing and dressing. Meal preparation, feeding, and more is all available from our highly-trained and caring staff.