The latest numbers are in and all signs point to the continuation of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Currently there are 5 million elderly Americans living with the disease, and, according to Alz.org, this number is likely to triple by 2050, save the development of medical breakthroughs to help prevent, treat or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
On the flip side of the coin, Alz.org reports that 15.4 million caregivers logged an estimated 17.5 billion hours of of unpaid care in 2012. These numbers are also projected to triple by 2050. As we’ve discussed extensively on the Physicians Choice Private Duty blog, Alzheimer’s is an epidemic that will only grow with an aging U.S. population.
More quick facts about Alzheimer’s (via Alz.org):
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
- A third of seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
- 15.4 million caregivers were responsible for 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care in 2012 valued at $216 billion.
- Around 15 percent of those providing care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
- Alzheimer’s will cost the U.S. an estimated $203 billion in 2013. This number is expected to rise to whopping $1.2 trillion by 2050.
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