Every single day, more than 5,000 Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The disease has no known cure and is the only leading cause of death in the United States that we have no way of preventing, curing, or even slowing down. The number of people living with Alzheimer’s will grow as the population of people 65 and older doubles in the next two decades. Three in four seniors who develop Alzheimer’s are women. Alzheimer’s is a disease that steals memories, but it also steals lives.
Every day, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 and one of them will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It may be your mother, father, sister, brother, or yourself. When someone you love has Alzheimer’s, it changes the way you think, work, and live. But no matter how devastating it may seem, you are not alone. By sharing your feelings and experiences, you can become part of the growing movement of people looking for better treatments, a cure, and a world without Alzheimer’s. Whether it’s support from a professional caregiver, a loved one, or an online community, know that you are not alone.
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is observed during the entire month of the year. Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, and the importance of brain health. Inspired by the observation, people can also find out more about brain health and discover ways to improve it. The month-long observance is also a reminder that many people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Leading cause of death and disability
As the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) represents the greatest public health crisis of our time. As the baby boomer generation ages, the number of people living with the disease is expected to more than triple by 2050. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s in 2018, a number that could nearly triple to 16 million by 2050 if current trends continue. Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.