5.4 million American’s have Alzheimer’s disease

By Laura Calderon

2011 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures Released

Yesterday, the Alzheimer’s Association released the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. The report provides a statistical resource for all U.S. information related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This year, it also includes a special report on early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

The new 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report information will support all of the Association’s public policy and communication efforts over the next year. This week, we are distributing the report on Capitol Hill. Additionally, we know this data is most powerful when it is combined with the personal stories of advocates. To help with your advocacy efforts with legislators, local media, and others, we have created a fact sheet for your use. Key highlights include:

An estimated 5.4 million American’s have Alzheimer’s disease. Another American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds.
In 2010, 14.9 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society will total $183 billion in 2011.
Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, and Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.
Please find the full report, fact sheet, and information specific to your state at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp.

Federal Budget Update
As you have probably seen in the news, leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate have yet to agree upon a budget to fund the Federal Government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. As things stand right now, none of our key Alzheimer’s priorities have been cut in the negotiations. However, the Public Policy office continues to closely monitor budget activity on behalf of the Alzheimer’s community to ensure that critical research and care programs remain in place.

Tell Congress To Make Alzheimer’s A National Priority

Congress has the opportunity to make important decisions that will give the needed resources and attention to Alzheimer’s disease. With so many new members of Congress in Washington, D.C., it is incredibly important that they hear from constituents like you who care so deeply about this cause.

Join hundreds of Alzheimer’s advocates from around the country and march on Congress to move our legislative agenda forward. The 2011 Advocacy Forum is a great chance to get the latest news about critical Alzheimer’s legislation in Congress, learn new advocacy techniques and network with advocates from across the country as you meet with your elected officials.

The Advocacy Forum will be held from May 15th through 17th in Washington, DC and early bird registration is ends on April 1st.

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