* An estimated 5.4 million people have the disease while there are more 14 million unpaid caregivers.
* 80 percent of care is provided at home from family caregivers and fewer than 10 percent of older adults receive all of their care from paid workers.
* In 2010, family caregivers provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care, which equates to a contribution to the nation valued at more than $202 billion
* Alzheimer’s disease costs $183 billion annually.
* Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia which is caused by various diseases and conditions that result in damaged brain cells or connections between brain cells.
Symptoms include a decline in memory, an inability to generate coherent speech or understand spoken or written language.
* One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
* Nearly half of people 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.
* In 2000, there were an estimated 411,000 new incident cases of Alzheimer’s disease. By 2030, it is projected to be 615,000 and by 2050, 959,000 are projected.