Alzheimer is a form of dementia and is the 6th leading cause of death in the world. And it is the biggest epidemic in the United States and I am sure Canada is not far behind. It is documented that there is a new case of dementia every minute in the USA and every 4 seconds in the world. Dementia affects everyone, the person with it, their family and friends. Caregivers are affected, having issues when overwhelmed. There is very little funding for finding a cure for this debilitating disease. Alzheimers is one of the top 10 diseases in the world and has no survivors. In the USA there are 5,000,000 people with the disease. Florida alone has 500,000 people in the 60+ range with and added 750,000 in the next 15 years. Just a few figures:
Cancer has $5 billion spent annually in research, HIV has $3 billion spent a year and Heart Disease has $2 billion spent a year whereas Alzheimer has no where near that amount. Billions of dollars are needed to fund research in order to find a cure for this disease. Costs for care exceed the cost of Cancer and heart disease and nothing can stop the progress of the disease.
Dementia/Alzheimer is a degenerating brain disease that destroys brain function until it takes all capabilities including breathing, swallowing, feeding self and moving around. Most people are over 65 when it starts. Victims become a shell of their former selves. Symptoms are repeated questions, over and over, leaving the house, OCD habits, and later accusing family of stealing and attacking family members. Everyday in the newspapers and on the news you hear of the search for someone who has wandered away from home and the final story is not always happy. Caregivers deal with guilt, frustration, physical tiredness and abuse. There are not enough facilities to care for Alzheimer patients, and the costs are upward $4000-$6000 a month.
For more information go to pbs.org/everyminutecounts for more information. This information was obtained from the pbs show – Every Minute Counts. There are not many solutions other than a care home or weekly assistance to give the caregivers a break. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a cure was found in the next few years, it would definitely ease the burden on health insurance and health care, as well, as improve the lives of those involved. If you have the opportunity to donate to a cause, please choose Alzheimer!! WE NEED MORE AWARENESS OF THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE.