Alzheimer’s can’t wait!
There are as many as 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Every 68 seconds another American gets Alzheimer’s, and as the baby boomers get older those numbers will double.
The human cost of Alzheimer’s is devastating. Alzheimer’s is the only disease where people lose their loved ones twice – first to the ravages of the disease and then ultimately in death, while their family and friends look on helplessly. We need to make research a priority, not just for those with the disease, but for their loved ones as well.
Many of America’s baby boomers will spend their retirement years either with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone who has it. Alzheimer’s caregivers -which are usually family members – can lose their savings, their jobs, their homes and their own health as they struggle to cope with the disease and its effects on their loved ones.
Americans are living longer, but with old age comes new risks. Half of people 85 or older will develop dementia, and it’s an incredibly expensive disease. Caring for people with Alzheimer’s will cost 20 trillion dollars over the next 40 years, the overwhelming majority of which will be paid by Medicare and Medicaid. With 76 million baby boomers in the U.S. advancing in age we can’t keep postponing a cure.
Caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States 20 trillion dollars in today’s money over the next 40 years. The overwhelming majority of that will be paid by Medicare and Medicaid.
Become an advocate today: http://act.alz.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=6118
Ask your Congressman and your Senator to:
- Ensure the implementation of a strong National Alzheimer’s Plan
- Make Alzheimer’s research a priority at the National Institutes of Health
- Sponsor legislation that will ensure diagnosis and care planning for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s can’t wait.