1 IN 3 SENIORS DIES WITH ALZHEIMER'S OR ANOTHER DEMENTIA. IT KILLS MORE
THAN BREAST CANCER AND PROSTATE CANCER COMBINED.
MORE THAN 5 MILLION AMERICANS ARE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S. BY 2050,
THIS NUMBER IS PROJECTED TO RISE TO NEARLY 14 MILLION.
50% OF PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS BELIEVE THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSION
IS NOT READY FOR THE GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S OR
Alzheimer’s is not just memory loss. Alzheimer’s kills.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death among those age 65 and older and is
also is a leading cause of disability and poor health.
Although deaths from other major causes have decreased significantly, official
records indicate that deaths from Alzheimer's disease have increased significantly.
Between 2000 and 2018, the number of deaths from Alzheimer's disease as
recorded on death certificates has more than doubled, increasing 146%, while the
number of deaths from the number one cause of death (heart disease) decreased
Among people age 70, 61% of those with Alzheimer's dementia are expected to die
before the age of 80 compared with 30% of people without Alzheimer's — a rate
twice as high.
People age 65 and older survive an average of 4 to 8 years after a diagnosis of
Alzheimer’s dementia, yet some live as long as 20 years with Alzheimer’s. This
reflects the slow, uncertain progression of the disease.