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Alzheimer's 2012 Report released

3-8-2012 - The Alzheimer's Association today released its 2012 "Facts and Figures" report on Alzheimer's care and patients. The figures are staggering. In brief:

  • Currently an estimated 5.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. The number is projected to rise to 16 million by 2050, unless a cure or preventative treatment is found.
  • In Florida, by 2025 it is estimated there will be close to 600,000 people over the age of 65 with Alzheimer's - a 64% increase over the year 2000.
  • At present there are 15 million Americans acting as caregivers to Alzheimer's patients.
  • Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Alzheimer's Disease is the only cause of death among the top ten that cannot be prevented or cured.
  • In 2012, the costs of caring for the Alzheimer's patients in our country is estimated at $200 BILLION, which includes $140 BILLION in Medicare and Medicaid costs.

To read about how you may be able to pay for the long-term care costs of a loved one who has Alzheimer's Disease, click here.

To read the full "Facts and Figures" report and sign a petition requesting that the federal government make fighting Alzheimer's a priority, click here.

 

 

 

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