The Alzheimer's Association 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report reveals new statistics on the ever-growing weight of Alzheimer's disease on our nation.
The report uncovers new information on growing death rates, the cost of the disease, and the burden placed on long-distance caregivers.
"Unfortunately today there are no Alzheimer's survivors. If you have Alzheimer's disease, you either die from it or die with it. Now we know that 1 in every 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Urgent, meaningful action is necessary, particularly as more and more people age into greater risk for developing a disease that has no cure and no way to slow or stop its progression," said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.
By 2025, the number of people 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million – a 40 percent increase from 5 million aged 65 and older currently affected. Startling facts include:
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.
In 2012, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's or other dementias to American society will total an estimated $203 billion, including $142 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
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School of Medicine, said in a university written statement:
"Previously, the best existing treatment for Alzheimer's disease in mice required several months to reduce plaque in the brain."