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NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. While Autumn Leaves® remains focused on this disease year-round, we use this month specifically to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, as the number of Americans affected continues to grow each year.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • In 1983, less than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease. In 2020, an estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s. Eighty percent are age 75 or older.
  • By 2050, nearly 14 million people over the age of 65 are projected to have Alzheimer’s
  • Alzheimer’s disease kills more individuals than breast and prostate cancers combined
  • 1 in 10 people age 65+ lives with Alzheimer’s
  • 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.
  • 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 2020, the national cost of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to reach $305 billion
  • 83% of the help provided to older adults in the United States comes from family members, friends, or other unpaid caregivers. 
  • 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 .

Be sure to follow us on social media (find links below) for daily posts from our communities and see why we are the experts in memory care. Wherever your loved one is in the disease process, we provide compassionate personalized, round-the-clock care. At Autumn Leaves, you’re more than a resident, you’re part of our family.

"We liked that it is state of the art, and that it's set up with memory care in mind. The halls are themed so that they don't have to remember much, down to the decorations. They use lighting techniques to keep people on schedule, that helps with sun downing." Henrietta G. - Sugarloaf, TX