Grandparent and daughter laughingChances are, Alzheimer’s has probably touched you at some point in your life. The 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report is out and the numbers are staggering (download full report here). Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for persons over 65 years of age. In this newsletter, we highlight the numbers behind the disease. What it highlights to us is that we, as caregivers, are not alone. This disease can take its toll both on family and professional caregivers alike – we are here to help in any way we can.

The Facts

The numbers on Alzheimer’s prevalence:

  • 1 in 9 people 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease
  • 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • One third of people with Alzheimer’s disease (approx. 1.6 million) are over 85. By 2031, more than 3 million people age 85 and older are expected to have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, this number may increase to as many as 7 million people.
  • Women account for two-thirds of people with Alzheimer’s (mostly because they live longer).
  • Older African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to have Alzheimer’s than Whites.
  • People with fewer years of education have a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s.
  • California has the greatest number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (580,000 in 2014 and growing to 840,000 in 2025).

 

Who are the Caregivers:

  • 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for an economic value of $220 billion.
  • 65 percent of unpaid caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias were women.
  • 21 percent of unpaid caregivers were 65 years old and older.
  • 71 percent of unpaid caregivers were married or in a long-term relationship.
  • 30% of unpaid caregivers also have children under 18 living with them and are part of the sandwich generation.
  • 59% of caregivers report high to very high emotional stress

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at community@providencecare.com call us anytime at 415-359-9700. Providence Care has over 25 years of providing Alzheimer’s care and helping families cope with the stress of caregiving.