According to the Center for Disease Control's website, September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day. Here are some disturbing facts about Alzheimer's disease:
- It is currently estimated that approximately 2.6 million to 5.2 million Americans currently have Alzheimer's disease, depending upon the approach used for identifying individuals with dementia.
- If no cure is developed and present population trends continue, as many as 16 million individuals may have Alzheimer's disease by the year 2050.
- Alzheimer's disease ranks as the 6th leading cause of death among adults aged 18 years and older, and is the 5th leading cause of death for adults aged 65 years and older.
- For people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, the total payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice are projected to increase from $183 billion in 2011 to $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2011 U.S. dollars).
Indeed, Alzheimer's disease is "the most common form of dementia among older adults.
If you or someone you know has Alzheimer's, take a look at the CDC website. It has more interesting and informative information and links to other sources.