Alzheimer’s remains one of the least understood diseases, yet it is one of the leading causes of death in our country. As you may have heard on NBC news recently,
Alzheimer’s remains one of the least understood diseases, yet it is one of the leading causes of death in our country. As you may have heard on NBC news recently, the latest reports indicate that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 11 men will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over the age of 65 and that women are 2x more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s than breast cancer!
You’re probably aware of Alzheimer’s disease, but did you know that this disease is an epidemic affecting millions of people? Right here in Florida there are 500,000 people living with this disease and 1.5 Million serving as their caregivers. In Palm Beach County, 50,000 residents are already diagnosed with this condition, and anywhere from 60,000 to 75,000 individuals are now likely living in the early, undiagnosed stages.
Additionally, the cost of Alzheimer’s is truly a human and financial tragedy in our country. In terms of actual dollars, the cost of Alzheimer’s will reach over $183 billion this year alone. Caring for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia has other costs for the work force, in terms of personal stress and lost work hours. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cost American businesses at least $61 billion a year, just in lost productivity, related to employees providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
The Alzheimer’s Association® is leading the fight against this devastating disease, but they can’t do it alone. It is business and community partners, such as YOU, who can make really make a difference by taking a leadership role in raising funds for research and promoting awareness of this devastating disease. This is the only leading disease in our country that has no survivors—your efforts will help make that no longer true!
The END of Alzheimer’s begins with YOU!!
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