Statistically speaking, the odds of yourself or a loved one being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are extremely high. You likely know a little about Alzheimer’s disease, but do you know enough? Specifically, do you realize how prevalent Alzheimer’s is and what it costs the U.S. in terms of money and resources? Because you will likely be impacted by the disease at some point in your life, take a moment to read through the following ten things you should know about Alzheimer’s disease.
- 5– Percentage of all Alzheimer’s sufferers who have “early onset Alzheimer’s” which begins to exhibit symptoms in a victim when the victim is in his or her 40s or 50s.
- 1 in 9– number of older Americans (65 and older) who have Alzheimer’s disease.
- 1 in 3– number of Americans over the age of 85 who have Alzheimer’s.
- 60-80 – Percentage of all dementia patients who have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a dementia related disease that causes problems with memory, behavior, and thinking processes in a victim.
- 5.3 million number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s. By 2050, experts predict that figure will almost triple to approximately 14 million.
- 15 Percent– expected increase nationwide in the number of people with the disease between 2015 and 2025.
- 2 out of 3– ratio of women with Alzheimer’s. Women are statistically much more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s.
- 6th – Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death in the top ten that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.
- $225 billion – amount the U.S. will spend on Alzheimer’s in 2015. By the year 2050, that figure is projected to climb to a staggering $1.1 trillion.
- 18 billion– number of hours of free care caregivers of Alzheimer patients provided in a single year, estimated to be worth $218 billion. Which is almost half the net value of all Walmart sales and nearly eight times the net revenue for all McDonalds the previous year.
If you have additional questions or concerns about how to plan for the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease impacting you or a spouse in your estate plan, contact the experienced Illinois estate planning attorneys at Nash Bean Ford & Brown, LLP by calling 309-944-2188 to schedule your appointment today.