Navigation Links
A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia, Study Finds
Date:3/19/2013

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- There's more troubling news for America's aging population: A new report finds that one in every three seniors now dies while suffering from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

In many cases, dementia is the cause of death or contributes to it, the Alzheimer's Association study finds.

The rate of deaths related to Alzheimer's disease rose 68 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the report. At the same time, deaths from other major diseases, such as heart disease and HIV/AIDS, have declined.

"Alzheimer's disease is a public health crisis that is here," said Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services for the Alzheimer's Association. "One in three seniors is dying with Alzheimer's or another dementia. For other major diseases, the death rate is going down because the federal government funds and invests in research. We have not seen that same commitment for Alzheimer's disease."

Released Tuesday, the report also focuses on the toll that Alzheimer's takes on families, particularly those caregiving from a distance. In 2012, more than 15 million people were Alzheimer's caregivers. They provided more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care that the Alzheimer's group estimated was valued at $216 billion.

Direct out-of-pocket costs for families of people with Alzheimer's are $34 billion, according to Kallmyer. "The cost of care is a challenge, and not everyone has access to the services they need," she said.

About 15 percent of Alzheimer's caregivers live more than an hour away from their loved ones. Out-of-pocket costs for these long-distance caregivers are nearly twice as high as those who live close by. Each year, a long-distance caregiver has nearly $10,000 in expenses compared with about $5,000 for a local caregiver, according to the report.

"Long-distance caregiving can be financially, emotionally and physically more draining. Managing the day-to-day care can certainly be a challenge, but long-distance caregivers can feel guilt, and they may feel resentment from other family members. And, they may have to manage the daily care from a long distance," Kallmyer said.

Overall, the cost of caring for the 5 million people with Alzheimer's disease is about $203 billion, according to the report. That figure includes Medicare, Medicaid, family costs and private insurance costs. The lion's share of the cost -- about $142 billion -- is paid by Medicare and Medicaid.

Even more concerning is that the Alzheimer's Association estimates that by 2050, nearly 14 million people will have Alzheimer's disease. That could drive costs for Alzheimer's care as high as $1.2 trillion in 2050.

The U.S. government currently funds about $500 million in Alzheimer's research, according to Kallmyer. In comparison, heart disease receives about $4 billion in research funding and cancer gets about $6 billion, she said.

Dr. Brian Appleby, a physician with the Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic, said he wasn't surprised by these latest figures.

"Alzheimer's is going to affect all of us individually. Soon, we'll all have someone we know or someone in the family or even ourselves with Alzheimer's disease. It's something we all need to be prepared for," Appleby said.

He said that while current treatments won't cure or reverse the disease, they can increase the amount of time until someone needs nursing home care. Right now, he said, the focus is on trying to prevent Alzheimer's disease from occurring.

"Alzheimer's disease is really a chronic illness. It starts decades before we see the symptoms," Appleby said. The best advice to potentially prevent Alzheimer's disease is to keep your heart healthy, he said. That means quitting smoking, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise. It also means staying active mentally, he added. Do crosswords and other puzzles, and read, he advised.

And, stay socially active, he recommended. "People who are socially isolated are at a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease," Appleby said.

For her part, Kallmyer added: "Alzheimer's is impacting so many people already, and the impact is significant. And, as the baby boomers age, the rate of Alzheimer's and the death rate from Alzheimer's is only going to increase."

More information

Create a free care plan for your loved one and find local resources with the Alzheimer's navigator from the Alzheimer's Association.

SOURCES: Beth Kallmyer, M.S.W., vice president, constituent services, Alzheimer's Association; Brian Appleby, M.D., staff physician, Center for Brain Health, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; March 19, 2013, report, 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. One-third of adult Americans with arthritis battle anxiety or depression
2. One-Third of U.S. Homeless Population Is Obese: Study
3. Two-Thirds of Osteo Hip Fractures Occur After 80: U.S. Study
4. More Than a Third of Births Unintended: CDC
5. Surgical patient safety program lowers SSIs by one-third following colorectal operations
6. Two-Thirds of U.S. Youth Have Had Oral Sex, CDC Reports
7. Healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of hypertension by two thirds
8. Third of Hospital Staff Say Hand-Washing Reminders Unwelcome
9. Streetcar tracks blamed in one-third of Toronto bike accidents
10. More than a third of high-risk leukemia patients respond to an experimental new drug
11. Request A Test Receives Their Third Weatherhead 100 Upstart Award in December, 2012
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia, Study Finds
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... American ... conference coverage on veterinary medicine, announces the launch of Veterinarian’s Money Digest™, a ... with the April edition of American Veterinarian™. , “We look forward ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... research products enables researchers to pursue the recent RNA methylation “gold rush” with ... In light of the newfound characteristics of N6-methyladenosine, or m6A , RNA ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... , ... March 27, 2017 , ... According to the ... cancer, including all stages, is more than 95%. Once the cancer spreads to other ... than 30%. To find out how to avoid this latter group, tune in to ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ?Grow Healthy Vending LLC announced ... litigation between itself and 1800 Vending DBA Healthy You Vending. (Civil No. 1:14-CV-00121-CW/ ... to announce that we have now reached a settlement agreement regarding the ongoing ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... HOUSTON, Texas (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... and hard of hearing, is bringing its latest products to the Deaf Seniors of ... attendees will have the opportunity to meet with knowledgeable ASL friendly staff from Harris ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... , March 27, 2017  Cryoport, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYRX, ... intends to offer shares of common stock in an ... on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ... conditions, and there can be no assurance as to ... as to the actual size or terms of the ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017  A new survey from ... Medicare,s Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) significantly reduced beneficiary choice ... lack of choice forces beneficiaries to switch to unfamiliar ... consequences. AADE,s survey is the latest ... others pointing out the inherent problems with the CBP. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - INVICTUS MD STRATEGIES CORP. ... 8IS) Invictus MD is pleased to announce it has ... trading on the TSX Venture Exchange.  ... a year of significant achievements for Invictus-MD. Some of ... crops at AB Laboratories Inc. ("AB Labs"), a Licensed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: