Alzheimer's Facts and Statistics in United States

Actor Peter Falk famously known for his role as bumbling detective Columbo died with dementia and Alzheimer's disease/
Actor Peter Falk famously known for his role as bumbling detective Columbo died with dementia and Alzheimer's disease/ | Source
Charlton Heston was a famous actor and representative of the National Rifle Association who contracted Alzheimer's
Charlton Heston was a famous actor and representative of the National Rifle Association who contracted Alzheimer's | Source
President Ronald Reagan who was known as the Great Communicator contracted Alzheimer's Disease as he grew older.
President Ronald Reagan who was known as the Great Communicator contracted Alzheimer's Disease as he grew older. | Source

Diagnosis and Research

It may be difficult to receive a diagnosis because Alzheimer's has many symptoms that mimic other diseases and mental conditions. Researchers studying Alzheimers found that cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF), which are soluble proteins that were injected into a patient brought about immediate improvement in the cognitive powers of the patient. You can check out the research study at the Science Daily link below. While such research is hopeful there are no medications or product on the market at present known to reverse the effects of the disease.


Ronald Wilson Reagan

Ronald Reagan February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004 was the 40th president of the United States. He was inaugurated in January 1981 and served 1989. Before that he was governor of the state of California. He survived an attempt at assassination in 1981 during the first days of his presidency but was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1994.

Alzheimer's Increases as the Population Ages

Alzheimer's has become the fastest growing disease in the country as the Baby Boomer population enters the golden years. During the next two years the oldest members of this group will turn age 65. At present there are 5.3 million people being treated for this condition and another 500,000 are expected to be diagnosed by 2010.


Alzheimer's A Brain Disorder

Alzheimer's is a brain disorder that destroys brain cells and works progressively to reduce body functions until the patient loses all self awareness and most body functions cease. Many people have difficulty swallowing and eating as the disease progresses.

President Barack Obama and Head of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
President Barack Obama and Head of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius | Source

2013 Fact Update

  • Alzheimer's is 6th leading cause of death in United States
  • Above five million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's
  • Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia cause the death of one out of every three seniors
  • Last year caregivers gave 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 Billion
  • The cost for Alzheimer's care is expected to rise exponentially to $1.2 Trillion by 2050
  • An American will develop Alzheimer's every 68 seconds this year
  • In 2050 an American will develop Alzheimer's every 33 seconds

Leading Causes of Death in United States

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Number 1  
Heart Disease  
Number 2
Cancer
Number 3
Respiratory Disease
Number 4
Stroke
Number 5
Accidental Injury
Number 6
Alzheimer's
Number 7
Diabetes
Number 8
Nephritis/Kidney Disease
Number 9
Flu and Pneumonia
Number 10
Suicide
Top Ten Causes of Death in United States Source: Morbity and Mortality Weekly Report Centers of Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6208a8.htm

When The Mind Says Goodbye

Support Groups

There are a number of support groups available for people with Alzheimers. Find a local support group and connect with people who understand your illness and can offer help and assistance.

It is important to note that the caregivers of ALZHEIMER'S patients are equally at risk. The stress of watching a loved family member fade away brings on serious illnesses in many caregivers such as immune disorders, new onset heart disease, and new onset hypertension. Caregivers must seek help in their battle with this disease and should find support groups who can offer assistance. Get the facts and get help.

This is a projection of Alzheimer's Disease in California.
This is a projection of Alzheimer's Disease in California. | Source
Famous painter, Norman Rockwell contracted Alzheimer's Disease.
Famous painter, Norman Rockwell contracted Alzheimer's Disease. | Source
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Popular country singer, Glen Campbell was forced to cut short his Goodbye Tour due to Alzheimer's disease.
Popular country singer, Glen Campbell was forced to cut short his Goodbye Tour due to Alzheimer's disease. | Source

More Comparisons

According to BrightFocus Organization, Alzheimer's Disease is the only leading cause of death that is still on the rise. The National Institute of Health (NIH) spends 23 times more money on HIV research than on Alzheimer's, yet five times more people die from Alzheimer's than HIV every year. Cancer research funding dollars are 12 to 1 while more people die from Alzheimer's than the two most common types of cancers (breast and prostate) combined.

If increased research funding is not available soon the economic impact on the economic system in the Unites States will staggering. This impact will be felt by every demographic such as families, caregivers, employers, and government healthcare programs.


National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services has created a plan to address the issues surrounding the increase in patients developing Alzheimer's Disease. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease 2013 has a number of stated strategies to mitigate the problems for families as well as the high cost of this disease in all demographics.

The Vision of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease 2014 was set forth by President Barack Obama, "For millions of Americans, the heartbreak of watching a loved one struggle with Alzheimer's disease is a pain they know all too well. Alzheimer's disease burdens an increasing number of our Nation's elders and their families, and it is essential that we confront the challenge it poses to our public health."

Goals

  1. Prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025
  2. Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency
  3. Expand Supports for people with Alzheimer's Disease and their Families
  4. Enhance Public Awareness and Engagement
  5. Improve Data to Track Progress


Alzheimer's Research Funding

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Overall Economic Impact

Comparison of cost of dementia to the economy of a country:

  • Ranked as 18th in the world
  • Ranked as the size of economy of Turkey
  • Ranked as the size of economy of Indonesia

Alzheimer's costs are expected exceed the worlds largest annual revenue by 2050. These costs are expected to be $1.2 Trillion dollars. This exceeds companies such as:

  • Walmart (US $414 billion)
  • Exxon (US $311 billion)

These costs are monumental and are expected to severely impact the future economy of the United States .

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Oscar 3 years ago

Cancer is the least attributed to deeabits of all your options, although some researchers have argued that deeabits may also increase your risk of cancer.We *know* that uncontrolled deeabits can cause cardiovascular disease, blindness, and kidney disease/failure. Cancer is just the most controversial of all those in your list.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

I know it, Delores. It is truly a shame.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Smireless, they'd better think of something to do about this terrible condition soon. With the aging Boomers, there will be so many people suffering dementia, the health care field will be swamped.

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