A longer lifespan and the large Baby Boomer generation are the likely causes of the 54% increase in the number of people who died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 compared to 1999, according to Reuters in "U.S. Alzheimer's deaths jump 54 percent, many increasing dying at home."
In fact, 13.8 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer's by 2050.
Consequently, families need to be prepared to deal with the disease now more than ever.
Over the same time period, the number of people who passed away from Alzheimer's at home nearly doubled to 24.9 percent.
It is difficult enough for families to handle the disease when the sufferer is being treated in a nursing home or other facility. However, when the patient is still living at home, families can have even bigger issues and often need more support.
What these numbers reveal is that the U.S. needs to plan for the care that all of these expected patients will be needing, as well as including support for the caregivers at home. These numbers also are the reason why Heritage Elder Law and Estate Planning has chosen to partner with The Alzheimer’s Association in their Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is an issue that many of us will be faced with in the coming days and years. If Alzheimer’s Disease has affected your family, or if you just want to be a part of helping the Alzheimer’s Association, call our office today and join one of our Walk to End Alzheimer’s teams in Butler or Clarion County. We’d love to have you on our team as we Walk to End Alzheimer’s! Let's do our part to be part of the solution!
Reference: Reuters (May 25, 2017) "U.S. Alzheimer's deaths jump 54 percent, many increasing dying at home."