More than 5 million Americans currently suffer with Alzheimer’s disease. And about 15 million Americans are involved in caregiving for someone with dementia. The direct medical costs for this disease just this year are estimated at over $200 billion. And unless something changes, these costs will increase to over $1.1 trillion by 2050. These are just a few of the facts and figures provided by the Alzheimer’s Association for this year.
No cure is presently available for Alzheimer’s disease, perhaps because by the time symptoms begin it may be “too late” for any available treatment to help. A team of researchers is preparing to test an experimental medication on members of a Columbian family with a high rate of early Alzheimer’s BEFORE they develop the disease, in the hopes that treatment before the disease manifests itself may prove effective in prevention. If true, this may prove revolutionary in giving hope for the millions of others at risk for the disease.
For the families of those with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, caregiving can be overwhelming. There is no way you can do it alone.