In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November to be National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. At that time, there were fewer than 2 million Americans being diagnosed with the disease. That amount has steadily climbed to where Alzheimer's is now the 6th leading cause of death in Americans.
- Between 2000 and 2015, deaths due to Alzheimer's Disease rose 123%.
- Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's every 65 seconds.
- There are about 5.7 million Americans living with the disease.
- In 2018, the projected cost of care for Alzheimer's Disease was $277 billion. The forecast is that it will reach $1.1 trillion by 2050 in America.
- 10% of people over 65 has been diagnosed.
- Approximately 2/3 of all Americans with Alzheimers are women.
- Alzheimer's Disease is the only one in the top 10 leading causes of death that can't be prevented or cured.
- About 16.1 million people provide unpaid care to those with Alzheimers, with about 18.4 million hours being invested at a value of $232 billion.
"The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health."