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Alzheimer's Disease - What Everyone Should Know About This Killer

Updated on April 3, 2015

Alzheimer's Statistics

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that $562 million were spent on Alzheimer’s disease research in 2014, with an additional $20 million to be spent in 2015.
  • There are over five million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In the U.S., the sixth leading cause of death is Alzheimer’s disease. It actually has a higher death rate than both breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • About half a million people die annually due to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds.
  • It is estimated that today there are about 200,000 people younger than 65 years old who have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Women make up about two thirds of those living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • More than one third of the caregiver’s for people with dementia reported symptoms of depression.

Women and Alzheimer's Disease

A segment of today’s research includes investigating why women suffer from Alzheimer’s in such greater numbers than men. Several years ago, The National Center for Biotechnology Information reported that estrogen compounds in younger women could help protect against mitochondrial toxicity; this protection seemed to be lost in older women. There is still research being conducted on how estrogen-containing compounds might be used to either help treat or possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

More Interesting Statistics Concerning Women and Dementia

  • For women over the age of 60, there is twice the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer throughout the rest of their lives.
  • While the fact must be considered that women typically tend to live longer than men, of those 71 years old or older, 16% of women versus about 11% of men have either Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
  • As women reach the age of 60, women’s risk for developing breast cancer is 1 in 11; it is 1 in 6 for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

What Can YOU Do?

Support research. Research involves studying a great number of factors that might contribute to a treatment or cure. Pharmaceuticals is one.

  • Currently, only four drugs exist which are approved for use in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease; they do not prevent or cure, just slow the symptoms.
  • No new Alzheimer’s disease drugs have come to market in the past 10 years.
  • Studies have shown that seniors who participate in clinical trials seem to fare better at the same point of disease development than those not participating, with efficacy of the treatment being researched not being a factor.
  • Conducting clinical trials is the only way to study the efficacy and overall safety of a pharmacological treatment.


Learn what you can about Alzheimer's disease and the focus of new research including what can possibly be done to avoid becoming afflicted. Much research is dedicated to nutrition, what to avoid ingesting, activities, and more! If you fear a family member might be developing this disease, get your family member assessed as soon as you can. Help your loved one through decisions about participating in a clinical trial -- the primary way the medical community will advance pharmacological treatments.


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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "No new Alzheimer’s disease drugs have come to market in the past 10 years?" That's a surprise. Thanks for the facts. I intend to read all your other articles.