It’s Alzheimer’s awareness week and at Hartmobility were acutely aware of the issues that affect our customers and the changing dynamics of population change and health issues that effects large sections of society. Alzheimer’s is one such condition that effects large numbers worldwide and which is of great significance within the United States.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. *
Only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer’s disease have been diagnosed.*
Alzheimer’s and dementia is most common in Western Europe (North America is close behind) Alzheimer’s and other dementias are the top cause for disabilities in later life.*
The Cost of Alzheimer’s Care
The cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. is estimated to be $236 billion in 2016. **
The global cost of Alzheimer’s and dementia is estimated to be $605 billion, which is equivalent to 1% of the entire world’s gross domestic product.
Medicare and Medicaid are expected to pay $154 billion in 2015 for health care, long-term care and hospice for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Aggregate Cost of Care by Payer for Americans Age 65 and Older with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Medicare $113 Billion, Medicaid $41 Billion, Out of pocket $44 Billion, Other $29 Billion.
Alzheimer’s in the United States
1-in-9 Americans over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease.**
When the first wave of baby boomers reaches age 85 (in 2031), it is projected that more than 3 million people age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s. **
One-third of Americans over age 85 are afflicted with the illness.**
5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.**
Unless a cure is found, more than 16 million Americans will have the disease by 2050. **
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in America. (Centers for Disease Control)
Hartmobility is always looking at how we can promote awareness of conditions of patients and to promote thought on how we can communicate an increase in knowledge and understanding.
The link to Hartmobility may seem like a tenuous one, however, the ability to be able to move (assisted or unassisted) – to get in and out of bed, to bathe or shower, to sit and stand and to move around the home or facility is crucial to maintaining body muscle and dignified living. When coupled with exercise and rehabilitation, the use of Hartmobility’s Easy Range becomes plain to see for treatment and daily living. Patient care is paramount of course, but when we add the dignity of being able to do or maintain “self (or assisted) help, we can also see the assistance to the facility and individual with the maximization of time and financial resources.
*Alzheimer’s Disease International