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Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging.
As the population of the U.S. ages, Alzheimer’s disease, the chronic degeneration of the brain, is becoming a more common cause of death: the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and the fifth-leading cause of death for those ages 65 and older.
Coming to terms with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s requires time. Immediate reactions of denial and fear are normal and may help you and the person diagnosed process the grief you are feeling.
– More than 5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2020. Eighty percent are age 75 or older.
– Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.6 million) are women.
– Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provided an estimated 18.6 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at $244 billion.
– Nearly half of all caregivers (48%) who provide help to older adults do so for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
– Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women, and one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters.
– Forty-one percent of caregivers have a household income of $50,000 or less.
#TheLongestDay is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On June 20, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice.
Ten musicians have teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Association to release Music Moments, a compilation album and video series with songs by Joan Jett, Nile Rodgers, Sting, Lee Ann Womack, and others to honor the people in their lives are or no longer living with Alzheimer’s, and to speak about how music can be used as weapon against it.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey, dedicated to responding to the needs of who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, is hosting a 30-minute We Take Care of Our Own benefit on News 12+ on Saturday, June 27th (9:30 am) and Sunday, June 28th (8:00 pm). You will be inspired by our program of hope and support benefiting local families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia