Facts About Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Everyone

  • By age 85, 50% of us have Alzheimer’s disease
  • By age 85, if we do not have Alzheimer’s disease, we are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

What Is Alzheimer’s disease?

  • Alzheimer’s is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease
  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia
  • Approximately 5 million Americans affected
  • Unknown etiology/cause but Tau accumulation & the Amyloid Cascade participate in this progressive disease.
  • Impairment in activities of daily living, behavior, and cognition
  • Average life span following diagnosis varies greatly but is often in the range of 7 to 10 years

Impact of Alzheimer’s disease on Caregivers

  • More than 70% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, and almost 75% of home care is provided by family and friends
  • 46% to 59% of caregivers are depressed, according to various studies

Alzheimer’s Grim Statistics

  • Alzheimer’s Disease claimed over 500,000 American lives in 2017
  • More than 5 million American victims are slowly dying
  • 50 million people worldwide are suffering from progressive dementia
  • US victims are cared for by 15 million caregivers
  • Worldwide, there are 100 million caregivers
  • Direct care costs of Alzheimer’s exceed those of cancer and heart disease
  • Disease-modifying treatments and the cure are within reach through research

Economic Burden of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Annual cost of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States »$800 billion
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (AD) affects over 50 million individuals around the world, which includes millions of Americans
  • Third most expensive disease in the United States
  • Average lifetime cost per patient = $287,000
  • Cost to American businesses >$ $1.917 billion

Alzheimer’s Research Funding, Financial Burden, Human Toll

  • Every year, United States government spends 10 times more on cancer research than on Alzheimer’s disease research
  • Alzheimer’s disease costs society twice as much as cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease has about the same number of deaths per year as cancer