Senior Health: Alzheimer’s Disease – Is It On The Rise?

In the United States alone, over five million people currently suffer from Alzheimer’s. Most of these Americanspensiveseniorlive at home, with their family members providing care. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, around 15.4 million family caregivers performed over 17.5 billion hours of care that was unpaid in 2012.

Those caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or suspected Alzheimer’s, the time and energy required will increase as their loved one’s illnesses worsens as Alzheimer’s is a challenging progressive brain disease.

Although the numbers of those with Alzheimer’s is already quite substantial, the numbers are predicted to rise. In fact, by the year 2025, that number is expected to reach a staggering 13.8 million for the United States alone. And this number does not include the increase in numbers of those suffering from early dementia that is expected during the next decade as well.

Why this huge rise? And how will it impact care giving resources and patient care in the United States?

There are various reason there will be a huge surge in the number of people experiencing Alzheimer’s disease over the next decade. One of the biggest will be an aging demographic. More and more “baby boomers” will be entering their sixties, seventies and beyond. Also, although the disease cannot be officially confirmed until after a person dies, the signs of symptoms of Alzheimer’s is better recognized now than in previous decades, and more and more individuals are being diagnosed with “Alzheimer’s like symptoms.”

Given the anticipated rise in the number of Alzheimer’s cases in the next decade, learning more about the disease and working to help find a cure to this debilitating condition is all the more pressing. The increased need for caregivers over the next decade is likely to but an increased strain on governmental health care programs as well as families and other caregivers. All Americans should take the time to educated and prepare themselves for this future.

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Mary Pate loves creating beautiful gardens and saving money. She is about to enter her "Golden Years" of life.