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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 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
Today, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. 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; 1 in 3 people aged 85 and older has the disease.
• 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 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.

Kentucky and Indiana's Growing Alzheimer’s Prevalence
• Today there are over 67,000 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 2014 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.






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