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Worldwide Effects of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Care in Indianapolis, IN – Quick Facts about this Devastating Disease

Alzheimer’s Care in Indianapolis, IN Alzheimer’s disease is a mental condition effecting millions of people worldwide. This cognitive impairment affects the memory and thinking parts of the brain and is progressive; there is no cure for it. Experts say it is a growing issue that has created a considerable health crisis in the world. Here are some interesting worldwide facts:

Who has Alzheimer’s disease and who is at risk?

  • In the United States, over 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s. In Canada, about half a million people have this progressive illness.
  • About 96% of those people in the US are 65 and older and in Canada, about 86% of people with Alzheimer’s are over 65.
  • It’s estimated that in the US, close to 16 million people will have this impairment by the year 2050 while in Canada it’s estimated over 1 million within a generation.

Who takes care of people with Alzheimer’s disease?

  • Worldwide in 2009, figures showed that over ten million friends and family took care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, providing unpaid health care to them weekly.
  • Females seem to be the primary caregivers for a family member with Alzheimer’s. Statistics show that the women are usually between the ages of 50 and 64 years old and take care of their loved one while holding down a job. And, almost one million of these caregivers are called long distance caregivers because they live over an hour away.

What are the healthcare costs of Alzheimer’s?

The numbers showed that in 2002 in the US, it cost $36.5 billion to cover caregivers who took care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s. And in Canada, the figures were estimated to be $22 billion a year for caregiver costs. The numbers included caregivers missing work, worker replacement and various other associated costs.

Currently in the US, overall health care costs for Alzheimer’s patients is $183 billion a year and experts say it could go as high as 1.1 trillion by the year 2050. And worldwide, the health care cost is likely to go well over $872 billion in the next 25 years.

What impact does it have on Caregivers?

  • Many family members are unpaid caregivers
  • Can cause physical and emotional strain and large amounts of stress to the family member providing caregiving.
  • Most family caregivers also work part or full-time and report missed work days because of caregiving duties.
  • May cause higher rates of depression in family members

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the time will come when she needs constant care and supervision to meet her needs and keep her safe. Consider specialized Alzheimer’s home care.

The caregivers at Great Care are available to talk with you and your family about all of your home care needs. Great Care is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable Alzheimer’s care in Indianapolis, IN and the surrounding areas. Call (888) 240-9101 for more information.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com