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Alzheimer’s Association’s 2016 Report

alzThe Alzheimer’s Association released it’s 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.  Lots of good information in it, including a section on the toll/cost of the disease on caregivers.  Take a look and share this link with anyone who may be affected by Alzheimer’s.

Some interesting statistics from the report:

  • 1 in 9 people age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s Disease
  • 5.4 million people in the U.S. (of all ages) have Alzheimer’s Disease
  • In Minnesota, it is estimated 91,000 people have Alzheimer’s in 2016. This number is projected to grow to 120,000 in 2025. (See page 20 of the report for a breakdown of all the states)
  • Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s
  • 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia
  • In 2015, the family and unpaid caregivers provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care (21.9 hours of care per caregiver per week)
  • Caregivers spend an average of $5,155 of their own money (out of pocket) per year to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  This is in addition to the unpaid care they provide.
  • 27% of Caregivers had to reduce hours at work, in order to care for their loved one.  On average, this resulted in a $15,194 income loss compared to the previous year.
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