I read an interesting article today about Alzheimer’s and decided to check out the Alzheimer’s Association website. I could not believe the facts and figures they had on their site. It was shocking to find out how many people in the U.S. suffer and die each year and how it affects woman far differently than men. I decided to post some of the information for you below.
Facts and Figures taken directly from the Alzheimer’s Association
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s takes a heavy toll on woman. Woman are far more likely to develop the disease than men. One in six woman over 65 will get this fatal disease, compared to one in eleven men. Woman are also more likely to be a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and face professional and personal hardships far more than men do. The Alzheimer’s Association has a breakdown of the toll caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can have, male vs. female caregivers. The breakdown is as follows: 20% of females had to go from working full time to part time- compared to 3% of men, 18% of females had to take a leave of absence- compared to 11% of men, 11% of females had to give up work entirely- compared to 5% of men, 10% of females lost job benefits- compared to 5% of men.
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. Woman are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than breast cancer and cases are expected to triple by 2050. There are 2.5 times more women than men providing intensive care 24 hours a day for someone with Alzheimer’s. More than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women, and many have to cut back on their own jobs, quit all together, or lose benefits. There is also an emotional and physical toll when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013. Nearly 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, and more than one-third report symptoms of depression.
In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion. Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive condition in the nation. In 2014, the direct costs in the U.S. of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Alzheimer’s will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) in 2050. There is also a financial toll of Alzheimer’s on families with out-of-pocket spending for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias estimated at $36 billion.
One in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease and there are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is officially the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. It kills more than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68% between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases decreased. Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Quote from the Alzheimer’s Association,
“The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to as many as 16 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease.”Read More »