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17 Things No One Tells You About Alzheimer's Disease

Every 67 seconds, a person in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease.

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1. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

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It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

2. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

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4. Women in their sixties are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime than they are to develop breast cancer.

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5. Every 67 seconds, another person in the United States develops Alzheimer's.

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6. There are currently more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

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8. Worldwide, nearly 36 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

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9. African Americans and Hispanic Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than Caucasian Americans.

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10. In 2031, when baby boomers reach the age 85, it is expected that more than 3 million people 85 and older will have Alzheimer's.

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11. Globally, the cost of Alzheimer's and dementia is estimated around $605 billion. This is equivalent to 1% of the entire world's gross domestic product.

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12. In 2013, over 15.5 million family members and friends provided over 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those suffering from Alzheimer's.

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13. And because of the physical and emotional burdens that caregivers experience, caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own due to high levels of stress.

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14. Unless a cure is found, Alzheimer's disease isn't going away. It's estimated by 2050, 16 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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16. However, in 2013, the Alzheimer's Association invested almost $15 million in over 75 scientific investigations in an effort to end Alzheimer's disease.

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17. Since 1982, the Alzheimer's Association has invested nearly $320 million toward science to help end this terrible disease. And someday, they hope to find a cure.

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If you want to learn more about how to get involved with the Alzheimer's Association, visit their website.

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