There’s no question that we still have a long way to go in the fight against Alzheimer‘s. But, with more celebrities speaking out about the disease and media attention from videos like the one below, we could be well on our way to raising awareness and erasing the stigma that often comes with a dementia diagnosis.
Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness By Sharing Facts
Alzheimer’s disease is officially the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and may be the third leading cause of death. It is incurable, for the most part untreatable, and it does not discriminate. Nearly 36 million people worldwide and over 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, and the numbers are growing. Only 1 in 4 people with Alzheimer’s has officially been diagnosed with the disease.
These facts may be shocking, considering Alzheimer’s is one of the least talked about diseases, due to its strong stigma. But, the latest video from the Alzheimer’s Association shares new statistics and is a huge step in raising awareness about the disease.
Recent Alzheimer’s statistics tell us:
- Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with some type of dementia.
- Alzheimer’s and other dementias are the top cause for disabilities later in life.
- If a cure is not found by 2050, more than 13 million Americans will have the disease.
By sharing this video, we can raise awareness and hopefully eradicate the stigma that comes with the disease, if not the disease itself.
What did you think about the most recent Alzheimer’s video? Did it show anything about the disease that you weren’t already aware of? Share your stories in the comments below.