THE FACTS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Last week, the World Alzheimer’s Association released their latest facts and figures about Alzheimer’s/dementia and it was devastating.
If we don’t find a way to stop this disease it is only going to get worse, much worse. The data tells us that it will take on epidemic proportions.
Right now, there are 47 million people living with dementia around the world. 47 M-I-L-L-I-O-N! Just think about that for a moment. We spend $818 B-I-L-L-I-O-N on caring for people with dementia every single year. That’s right now, today. Tomorrow will be even worse.
According to these statistics every 20 years the number is going to double. So by 2035, that number will rise to 94 million people living with Alzheimer’s/dementia around the world.
Right now, if dementia was a country it would be the 18th largest economy in the world. According to BusinessInsider.com the country with the 18th largest economy is Turkey. Alzheimer’s has the same economy as Turkey. Who do you think this falls on ladies? We are the ones most likely to get it, We are the ones who will most likely care for the people who get it, and we are the ones who most likely are going to be paying this unbearable price in more ways than just our money.
We are going to be paying for this with our money, our physical health, our mental health, our time, our futures, and the futures of our children. Children who will end up with the same burden that those who are caregiving today already deal with. To me, this is just unacceptable.
My family deals with Alzheimer’s/dementia every single day of our lives. It’s not something we think about every now and then. I hope that one day it will be a distant memory. Until that time we have to fight. Fight for our very lives to eradicate this disease before it gets to us. We have to stand up and say enough is enough. We need more research and more research costs dollars.
Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest.
I love you momma!