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Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects one in every three seniors according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association. The study also found that one in every three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and that dementia is the cause of death or contributes to it. Between the years of 2000 to 2010, the rate of deaths related to Alzheimer's disease rose 68 percent. This is at a time where deaths from other major diseases like heart disease and HIV/AIDS have declined. Alzheimer’s is a disease that has become a public crisis, because the rate of deaths from Alzheimer’s is climbing while the rates of deaths for other major diseases are declining.
The toll that Alzheimer’s takes on families is high. It is particularly hard on those that are from a distance. It is estimated that caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients is estimated to be more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion. The out-of-pocket cost for families of those with Alzheimer’s is estimated at $34 billion. Nearly all caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients live more than an hour away from their loved ones, and the out-of-pocket cost for these caregivers is nearly twice as high as the ones that live nearby. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates by the year 2050, nearly 14 million people will have Alzheimer’s disease, which could drive the cost for the disease as high as $1.2 trillion in 2050.
Alzheimer’s research currently receives about $500 million in funds from the U.S. government, in comparison to heart disease, which gets $4 billion and cancer’s $6 billion. The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization the raise awareness and research for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as the top nonprofits in the United States. The Central and North Florida Chapter is one of over 70 Alzheimer’s Association chapters serving communities across the United States. Current treatments will not cure or reverse the disease, but increase the amount of time until someone needs nursing home care. Visit the website at http://www.alz.org/cnfl/index.asp, or sign up for the longest day. June 21, 2013 is The Longest Day, where those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers are honored. Organize a team for this sunrise-to-sunset event and raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This event is about patience, strength and endurance and also about a challenge. On The Longest Day, do something you love, or try something new. Come to advance the cause, for people facing Alzheimer’s disease, this challenge is every day. On The Longest Day, it is time to make a difference. Make a difference and sign up at http://thelongestday.alz.org/.