Alzheimer’s has been affecting one in every eight elderly Americans since it was first publicly diagnosed in 1910.
So much so that it has become the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Although, as technology grows and awareness of this degenerative disease reaches more and more individuals on a personal level, so does the research, senior care and, ultimately, the possibility that one day the 5.4 million diagnosed American’s will be treated with a cure.
Today, senior care for Alzheimer’s patients has grown to over $200 billion annually. What’s more, volunteers around the country selflessly donate more than 17 billion hours of their time to promote a comfortable living solution until a cure is found. This growing hope and community involvement for finding a cure has not only initiated countless Alzheimer’s organizations around the globe, but has also built a sense of comfort for those living with the disease, their families.
The infographic below further explains the decades of breakthroughs toward Alzheimer’s research, as well as the endless community building and programs created by its awareness over that time. Take a look and see how far we have come and how much further we will be able to progress toward a cure to Alzheimer’s.