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NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month — an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain, and share the fact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to wear Purple and use their brains to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In 1983, less than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021, over 6 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s.
  • By 2050, nearly 14 million people over the age of 65 are projected to have Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have increased by 16% during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Alzheimer’s disease kills more individuals than breast and prostate cancers combined
  • Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death among those age 65 and older and is also is a leading cause of disability and poor health.
  • Over 11 million family caregivers provide unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
  • Approximately one-quarter of dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers — meaning that they care not only for an aging parent but also for children under age 18
  • In 2021, the national cost of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to reach $355 billion 
  • 50% of primary care physicians believe that the medical profession is not ready for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias

RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS

Each person’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease is unique. Symptoms may change frequently, and the progression of symptoms will differ from person to person. Our “Alzheimer’s & Dementia Checklist” is designed to help caregivers track the type and frequency of symptoms exhibited by their loved one. Do you recognize these signs? Click to download a copy of this tool.

RESOURCES

We’re here to help. Whether you have questions or concerns about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, would like more information on the disease, or need a break and want to learn more about respite care, call us at 888-662-8886. You are not alone in this journey.

For helpful information and articles from our team of memory care experts, visit our blog at autumnleaves.com/blog .

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