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As Alzheimers Numbers Soar, Demand Focuses On Caregivers

FORBES–Alzheimers by Robin Seaton Jefferson

A new study suggests that caregivers need and want to access Alzheimer’s support resources  and  the experience has made them consider  their own future needs.

A new study suggests that Alzheimer’s caregivers need and want to access support resources and that perhaps the experience of care giving has made them consider the possibility of their own future needs. And there is no doubt that the current number and expected increase in the foreseeable future of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will necessitate it.

“According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease.”

Of those Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017:

One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.

Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s as older whites.

Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s as older whites.

“Because of the increasing number of people age 65 and older in the United States, particularly the oldest-old, the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s is projected to soar,” the Alzheimer’s Association states at alz.org. “Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

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Editor’s Note:  Alzheimer’s disease has become an epidemic in the U.S.A so there is a tremendous need for paid caregivers across the nation.


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