A new study has found that the Alzheimer’s disease is growing among people in the United States.
The study shows 5 million people suffer from the Alzheimer’s disease or some of its form. The most glaring thing was that a majority of those diagnosed were women.
The researchers say, every 67 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s in the United States. And the most shocking is that 1 out of 6 women have a form of the disease by the age of 65.
According to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the disease is the sixth leading killer in our country.
According to Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia will grow as the U.S. population of those age 65 and older increases.
Alzheimer’s affects patient’s memory, communication skills and their executive functions.
In 2014, its expected that $214 billion will be spent on people suffering from the disease or a form of it.
“Alzheimer’s not only impacts the person with the disease but those who must take care of them as well. In their 60s, one and six women have the risk of getting Alzheimer’s; in breast cancer, one and eleven women are at risk of getting breast cancer,” says Marcie McKie, a Care Consultant for the Springfield chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.