PBS recently debuted a documentary titled “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts.” The documentary includes some sobering statistics and realities about Alzheimer’s disease, which has become one of the most serious public health issues affecting our country.
For people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers and families, it’s not just an illness. It’s a crisis. Consider the numbers as laid out in an article from Mercola.com:
- The number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is expected to triple by 2050.
- Every 33 seconds, someone in our country will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
- The costs to care for those with Alzheimer’s are forecast to exceed $1.1 trillion by 2050.
- Though 5.2 million of 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s are age 65 and older, 200,000 people have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.