Friday, September 21, 2012

World Alzheimer's Day - Every Four Seconds Someone is Diagnosed with Alzheimers

Family caregivers are the single most important source of life support for persons living with Alzheimer's and related dementia worldwide. This group needs greater recognition, education, and evidenced based care programs. ~ Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer's Reading Room

Every Four Seconds Someone is Diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a Related Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia in older adults. The big four of dementia are: Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, and Vascular dementia (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ).
Worldwide someone is diagnosed with dementia every 4 seconds (Alzheimer's Disease International). 
Worldwide, nearly 35.6 million people live with dementia. This number is expected to double by 2030 (65.7 million) and more than triple by 2050 (115.4 million) (World Health Organization). 
Each day, on average, 1,250 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the United States (Alzheimer's Reading Room).

A Harris Interactive poll indicates that more than 100 million Americans have been touched by Alzheimer's; and, more than 35 million Americans are worried about Alzheimer's disease.
5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States (Alzheimer's Association). 
An estimated 800,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s live alone. 
More women than men live with dementia. 
The projected cost of Alzheimer's disease care by 2050 -- $1.1 Trillion (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 
The Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR) offers a Knowledge Base that contains over 3,800 articles about Alzheimer's disease. This intellectual capital is offered free of charge and is available to the entire Alzheimer's community Worldwide via the ARR website.