Senior Memory Loss and Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s is now the 5th leading cause of death in the US
Every year more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As baby boomers come of age, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach 13.8 million by 2050. This is millions more than previously expected. Of the millions who have this disease today, as many as half don't have specific arrangements to help them get care.
Health care costs for those with the disease and for people who have other forms of dementia are more than three times higher than costs for older Americans who are not afflicted.
Every 70 seconds, someone in the USA develops Alzheimer's. The disease slowly erodes the brain and eventually the body and can drag out for years, placing financial burdens on families and the medical system, the report says.
The disease also can lead to serious emotional and physical stress on the caregivers of those afflicted with the disease, says William Klein, professor of neurobiology and physiology at Northwestern University's Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago.
Call the Alzheimer's 24 hour help line 800-272-3900 for information and help for both patients and care givers.
Alzheimer's Symptoms, Care and Help