The State of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memories and thinking skills. Alzheimer’s often starts 5, 10, or even 20 years before symptoms appear. Symptoms usually start with difficulty remembering new information. In advanced stages, symptoms include confusion, mood and behavior changes, and inability to care for one’s self and perform basic life tasks. Alzheimer’s is ultimately fatal.
To American families, caregivers, and society at large, Alzheimer’s and related dementias can be emotionally and financially ruinous. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias generate catastrophic healthcare, economic, and social impacts—and these impacts are rapidly growing.
Approximately 5.7 million people in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s is projected to triple to 16 million by 2050.
Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds. By 2050 this is projected to be every 33 seconds.
Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age: 200,000 people under age 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and the disease affects the entire family.
In 2017, 16.1 million family caregivers in the United States provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.6 A new report from UsAgainstAlzheimer’s shows that the U.S. has vastly underestimated the public costs and consequences of the Alzheimer’s epidemic, and major social trends have direct and adverse implications for our capacity to cope with the Alzheimer’s epidemic in the years ahead.
In-Home Care Provider industry is among the fastest-growing healthcare industries in the United States. There is a growing need for Home Health Providers due to the surge of the Baby Boomer population. Baby Boomers are defined as people born in the Post-World War II era.
About 77 Million Americans were born in this time period. On January 1, 2011, the oldest Baby Boomers turned 65. Every day for the next 19 years about 10,000 more will turn 65. As the Baby Boomers get older, the rates of Alzheimer’s disease will climb.
The risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, to nearly 50 percent among those older than 85. Between 2018 and 2050, more than 28 million Baby Boomers in the U.S. will develop Alzheimer’s disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association