Awareness Month Activities Shine Spotlight on Alzheimer’s, Dementia

Awareness Month Activities Shine Spotlight on Alzheimer’s, Dementia
Efforts are underway this month to focus attention on Alzheimer’s, a disease that, along with other forms of dementia, affects some 44 million people globally and is swiftly growing in prevalence. During November in the U.S., Alzheimer’s Awareness Month observances include fundraisers, disseminating tips for healthy aging, downloadable Alzheimer’s information, “memory walks,” and information and resources for caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 5.8 million U.S. residents today live with Alzheimer’s, and this figure is projected to more than double to 14 million by 2050. Other statistics: About 5.3 million patients today are at least 65 years old, and roughly two-thirds of patients are women. As the population ages, the disease will impact even greater numbers of people. Its prevalence among those age 65 and older is expected double every five years. Last year, Alzheimer's and other dementias were expected to cost the U.S. $290 billion. By 2050, those costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion. For its part, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is offering supporters a shareable fact sheet about Alzheimer’s, a social media cover, tips for aging well, a commemorative bracelet, and a Facebook profile frame.
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