Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding.
This year’s Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures features a new analysis exploring the disease’s impact on caregivers’ own health, both physical and mental. According to the report the level of assistance provided by caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias tends to be extensive, compared with caregivers of other older adults. More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care, such as physical, emotional and financial support, for the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia. In 2016, Alzheimer’s caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care, which the report valued at $230.1 billion.
Alzheimer’s By the Numbers:
- Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, 5.3 million people are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s) including 360,000 in Texas.
- Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple from 5.3 million to 13.8 million by 2050.
- Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
- Approximately 480,000 people—almost half a million—age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer’s dementia in the U.S. in 2017.
- Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.3 million) are women.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth-leading cause of death for those ages 65 and older. In Texas, 6,772 died with Alzheimer’s in 2014, the most recent figure available.
- Alzheimer’s remains the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
There is no cure, but good communication and collaboration between providers helps those who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia maintain a higher quality of life.
Our 2017 Beaumont Dementia Conference brought together professionals, caregivers and others affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease June 16th at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas. Topics included Alzheimer’s disease vs. dementia, working with cognitively impaired patients, and conversations & coping for caregivers. 3.0 CEUs were offered for nurses and social workers.
“This year’s Beaumont Dementia Conference brought together the community and professionals to be able to work together to address issues facing those with dementia and Alzheimer’s,” said Lindsey Ramey, the Beaumont & Southeast Texas Regional Outreach Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. “We were thrilled to partner with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas.”
It was powerful to be a part of a conference right here in our Beaumont community that provided a unique opportunity for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, those who care for them, and the professionals who support them to come together for a day of education, sharing and support.
For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association or to learn how to get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association Beaumont Dementia Conference visit www.alz.org/texas or contact Lindsey Ramey at 713-314-1362 or firstname.lastname@example.org