Eighty-three percent of the help provided to older adults in the United States comes from family members, friends or other unpaid caregivers. Nearly half of all caregivers who provide help to older adults do so for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
Who are the caregivers?
- About one in three caregivers (30%) is age 65 or older.
- Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women; more specifically, over one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters.
- Most caregivers (66%) live with the person with dementia in the community.
- Approximately one-quarter of dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers — meaning that they care not only for an aging parent, but also for children under age 18.
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll on caregivers. Compared with caregivers of people without dementia, twice as many caregivers of those with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties.
Of the total lifetime cost of caring for someone with dementia, 70% is borne by families — either through out-of-pocket health and long-term care expenses or from the value of unpaid care.
Alzheimer’s disease mortality is on the rise
With a rapidly aging baby boomer population, Alzheimer’s will continue to impact more lives. From 2000-2006, Alzheimer’s disease deaths increased 46.1 percent, while other selected causes of death decreased. Strategic investments in managing other diseases have resulted in declines in deaths, and we need to see the same type of investment for Alzheimer’s.
African Americans and Hispanics are at greater risk
African Americans and Hispanics are at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s. African Americans are approximately twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s than whites, and Hispanics are about 1.5 times more likely than whites to develop the disease.
Although there appears to be no known genetic factor for these differences, the report examines the impact of health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, conditions that are prevalent in the African-American and Hispanic communities, and how these conditions also increase Alzheimer risk.
Another interesting aspect is the fact that although African-Americans and Hispanics have a higher rate of Alzheimer’s than whites, they are less likely than whites to have been diagnosed.
|Key Facts about Alzheimer’s disease|
|Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.|
|By 2050, it is estimated that about 14 Million Americans will get Alzheimer’s Disease.|
|1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia related diseases.|
|Alzheimer’s Disease kills more people than Breast Cancer, and Prostrate Cancer combined.|
|In 2020, Alzheimer’s Disease costs the Nation more than $305 Million, By 2050, it is estimated to cost about $1.1 Trillion.|
|More than 16 Million Americans provide care for people with Alzheimer’s Disease. These Caregivers provide an estimated 186 Billion hours of care, Valued at an estimated $244 Billion. These are family caregivers who don’t get paid.|
|Between 2000, and 2020, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 7.8%, while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 146%|
- Today 5.4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s.
- There are 77.5 million Baby Boomers in the United States who are just now turning 65.
- It is expected that 10 million Baby Boomers will get Alzheimer’s.
- One in 8 Baby Boomers is expected to get Alzheimer’s.
- By 2050 the expected number of Alzheimer’s patients in the U. S. is expected to reach 16 million.
- 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year.
- Every 69 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s.
- In 2050, an American will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
- 80,000 Americans die from Alzheimer’s each year.
- Each year, Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than breast and prostate cancer combined.
- Alzheimer’s is the only disease of the top 10 causes of death in America without a known way to prevent it, cure it, or slow its progression.
- Today, America spends $183 billion in caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
- Costs will reach over $1.1 trillion in 2050, and that’s not counting inflation.
- With the aging of the Baby Boomers, treating Alzheimer’s patients could bring the U.S. to its financial knees. It very well could bankrupt the United States.
- Over the next 40 years, Alzheimer’s will cost over $40 trillion, enough to pay off the national debt, and still send a $20,000 check to every man, women, and child in America.
- Alzheimer’s disease costs U.S. businesses more than $60 billion a year, stemming from lost productivity and absenteeism by primary caregivers, and associated insurance costs.
- The annual cost of caring for one individual with Alzheimer’s disease ranges from nearly $18,500 to more than $36,000, depending on the stage of the disease.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association