Alzheimer's By The Numbers: Are You A Statistic?
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out simple tasks. Experts suggest 5.5 million Americans may live with Alzheimer’s.
- Memory loss
- Challenges in planning or problem-solving
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Confusion of time or place
- 50% of adults aged 85+ have Alzheimer’s
- 2/3 of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women
- Early onset Alzheimer’s can develop in people as young as age 30
- A new case of Alzheimer’s develops every 68 seconds—by 2050, the coincidence will increase to every 33 seconds
- 15 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia
- Family caregivers provide 80% of care provided at home, while 10% of seniors receive all care from paid health professionals
- 20-30 minutes of physical exercise per day
- Regular social interaction
- Speaking with a medical professional about effective medications