1) As of 2021, Alzheimer’s disease affected more than six million Americans. Unfortunately, this figure is only projected to grow; by 2050, this number will be nearly 13 million.
2) Alzheimer’s is a lethal opponent. An astounding one out of every three seniors either succumbs from this condition or another type of dementia. In fact, the combined deaths from both breast and prostate cancer are still less than the death toll from Alzheimer’s.
3) Not only is Alzheimer’s deadly, it is also a very costly opponent. When combined with other types of dementia, Alzheimer’s extracts a staggering $321 billion from the pockets of Americans on a yearly basis. Unfortunately, this tab is only going to increase. By the year 2050, the tab for Alzheimer’s/dementia treatment is projected to near the $1 trillion mark.
4) Alzheimer’s doesn’t just affect those with the disease; family members often must care for loved ones afflicted with this type of dementia. In fact, more than 11 million people in the United States are tasked with caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers without compensation.
5) One possible warning sign of Alzheimer’s is a condition known as mild cognitive impairment, or MCI for short. However, MCI often goes overlooked. The reason for this is that less than 20 percent of Americans know about this illness.
6) Alzheimer’s is very prevalent among senior citizens; it is estimated that more than 10 percent of senior citizens are living with this type of dementia.