Who is affected by Alzheimer’s Disease?

by michellerogers on June 16, 2009

Due to the number of views on my recent Alzheimer posting I am going to focus on this topic over the next few days.

  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. This includes five million Americans over the age of 65.
  • The number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to be 7.7 million in 2030, a greater than 50% increase over the number currently affected.
  • Every 71 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease.  By mid-century, someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.
  • Nearly half of all persons over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Women are more likely then men to have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, in part because the live longer. 14% of all people age 71 and over have dementia.  This number includes 2.4 million women compared with about one million men.

In the home care business and caring for seniors we observe a growing trend with this disease.  For more information or to learn what you can do to make a difference visit www.alz.org!



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