November is both National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month!
National Family Caregivers Month carries the theme, “Family Caregivers Matter.” A recent study found that 4.4 million Americans 18 and older provide unpaid care for an adult. In the United States alone, there are nearly 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. Alzheimer’s is a complex neurological disease that is the most common form of dementia. More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s and more than 10 million are caring for a loved one with the disease.
- 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.