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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


 

YOUR VOICE WAS HEARD!

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




August 29, 2013

Our final Town Hall meeting to discuss the National Alzheimer's Plan and the HOPE Act was held on Thursday, August 29 at the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah. Special thanks to State Representatives, Richard Heath and Gerald Watkins, Michael Pape and Janece Everett, the District Director and Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield, Neurologist, Dr. Christopher King, Kentucky Alzheimer's Ambassador, Kim Fondaw and to all of the members of the community for attending. We appreciate each of you and just remember...
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu

 

July 31, 2013

The Alzheimer's Association held a Town Hall meeting at the Floyd County Library on July 31, 2013. We were honored to have Indiana State Senator Ron Grooms and State of Indiana Representative Edward Clere in attendance. They were joined by 20 members of the public and Alzheimer's Association staff to discuss the current status of the National Alzheimer's Plan, government funding for research and the struggles of those with dementia and their caregivers.

 

June 27, 2013

A Town Hall was held in Elizabethtown on June 27 and was graciously hosted by Allegro Assisted Living. Twenty-five members of the community discussed updates of the National Alzheimer's Plan and the HOPE Act. Representative Jimmy Lee and Senator Dan Parrett were in attendance, listening to concerns and learning more about Alzheimer's and its effects on the lives of their constituents. Also present was Brian Smith, from Congressman Guthrie's office, who shared his family's journey through Alzheimer's disease.

 

June 13, 2013

Our Town Hall to discuss the National Alzheimer's Plan and the HOPE Act was held on Thursday, June 13 in Berea. We shared updates on the Plan. Colleen Chaney represented Congressman Andy Barr's office and emphasized his commitment to supporting continued NIH (research) funding. We are so excited that Congressman Barr has agreed to support the $100 million in funding for the National Alzheimer's Plan and has sent a letter of support for the HOPE Act. People from the community provided input regarding the need for more research and care supports to be made available.


 

 


 


 

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