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Alzheimer’s Impact is Staggering

• Alzheimer’s is officially the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Today, of the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's, an estimated 5.1 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer's). By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.
• Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease, 3.2 million, are women.
• Women in their 60s are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in the rest of their lives than they are to develop breast cancer.
• Of Americans aged 65 and older, 1 in 9 has Alzheimer’s
• Another American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds. In 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
• There are approximately 500,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer's. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
• In 2015, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's will total an estimated $226 billion, with half of the costs borne by Medicare.
• Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. In 2050, it will be one in every three dollars.

Kentucky and Indiana's Growing Alzheimer’s Prevalence
• Today there are over 68,000 Kentuckians with Alzheimer’s disease.
• This number will climb to 86,000 Kentuckians by 2025.
• Today there are over 100,000 Indiana residents with Alzheimer’s disease.
• This number will climb to 130,000 Hoosiers by 2025.



For more information, please read:

Alzheimer's Association 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Women and Alzheimer's Disease

Record $122 million increase for Alzheimer's disease signed into law by President Obama


 

 

Recently we met with our policymakers to address current and future needs...




September 22, 2014

Bari Lewis, Director of Community Outreach represented the Alzheimer's Association at Congressman Brett Guthrie's Town Hall in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on September 22. There he received the Champion's award from Kentucky Life Sciences Council for his advocacy of Alzheimer's awareness and his work on The Alzheimer's Accountability Act. This bill would bring more attention and ultimately more directed action for research to find prevention and cure for Alzheimer's.

 

June 27, 2014 - Coffee with a Congressman

Over a dozen Elizabethtown area residents joined the Alzheimer's Association in meeting with Congressman Brett Guthrie on Friday, June 27. The Congressman sponsored the recent Accountability Act asking the NIH to submit a professional judgement budget to Congress, thus allowing the legislators to fully understand the needed funding for a significant Alzheimer's breakthrough.

 


 

 


 


 

Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.