An Urgent Problem

Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.

And with an aging population, coupled with longer life spans, the risks of developing Alzheimer's continue to grow. The disease steals memories, livelihoods, and lives, impacting many facets of a person's behavior and identity. One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease, with the prevalence increasing to almost a third among those age 85 and older.

But the disease goes so much further than affecting the individual alone. More than 15 million caregivers are also impacted, providing an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to patients - a value of more than $221 billion in care.

Alzheimer's affects communities, too - and states and the nation - as they struggle to seek solutions to a growing public health crisis.

All content from Alzheimer's Association. 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report. Available at http://www.alz.org/documents_custom/2016-facts-and-figures.pdf. Accessed May 2016.

Now is the time to act.
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