Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 6.5 million Americans who happened to be over 65 years. Senility is sometimes used by the uninformed. Sadly, the number just continues to grow. This makes me wonder if there is something in our lifestyle or environment that accumulates and contributes to such a high number. Basically, one in nine people over 65 are living with Alzheimer’s (2022 report from the Alzheimer’s Association). Seems with increasing age the numbers do increase. As women, on average, live longer than men, there are now, more women approximately 4 million in 2022 living with Alzheimer’s.
With the stresses on the healthcare system and caregivers during COVID, those living with Alzheimer’s had an increased mortality rate of 17%. That translates to an increase of 44,700 deaths.
Actually, the numbers aren’t projected down. By 2050, unless there is a tremendous medical breakthrough, think either a preventive or slowing measure, or outright reversal innovation, 12.7 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.