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Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Prevalence

An estimated 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, including approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s are women. Of the 5 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s in the United States, 3.2 million are women and 1.8 million are men.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to as many as 16 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease.

Mortality

More than 500,000 seniors die each year because they have Alzheimer’s. If Alzheimer’s was eliminated, half a million lives would be saved a year.

Alzheimer’s is officially the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. However, it may cause even more deaths than official sources recognize. It kills more than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.

Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases decreased. Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed

Impact on Caregivers

In 2013, 15.5 million family and friends provided 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias – care valued at $220.2 billion, which is nearly eight times the total revenue of McDonald’s in 2012.

More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.

All caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s – both women and men – face a devastating toll. Due to the physical and emotional burden of caregiving, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2013. Nearly 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high, and more than one-third report symptoms of depression.

Cost to the nation

Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive condition in the nation. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Despite these staggering figures, Alzheimer’s will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) in 2050.

Nearly one in every five dollars spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The average per-person Medicare spending for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is three times higher than for those without these conditions. The average per-person Medicaid spending for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is 19 times higher than average per-person Medicaid spending for all other seniors.

The financial toll of Alzheimer’s on families rivals the costs to Medicaid. Total Medicaid spending for people with Alzheimer’s disease is $37 billion and out-of-pocket spending for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated at $36 billion.

Women and Alzheimer’s

Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s crisis. A woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man. As real a concern as breast cancer is to women’s health, women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.

Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. More than 3 in 5 unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women – and there are 2.5 more women than men who provide 24-hour care for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Because of caregiving duties, women are likely to experience adverse consequences in the workplace. Nearly 19 percent of women Alzheimer’s caregivers had to quit work either to become a caregiver or because their caregiving duties became too burdensome.

*The Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures includes a special report on women and Alzheimer’s. Inspired by compelling findings published in The Shriver Report in 2010, the Alzheimer’s Association conducted a follow-up poll in 2014 to continue exploring how Alzheimer’s disease affects American women.

Feeding America – Go Orange Campaign

Take Action Against Hunger This September and Go Orange

Facebook Icon - I Am Feeding America - Hunger Action Month 2013September is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unites to urge individuals to take action in their communities.  The goal of Hunger Action Month is to mobilize the public to act on behalf of Feeding America and our food bank network. It is our opportunity to create a movement throughout September that has a real and lasting impact on our mission to help end hunger in America.
This September, join the Vermont Foodbank, Feeding America and Together, We Can Solve Hunger™. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need.

Take Action to Help Solve Hunger

How can you help? This September, we are asking you to take simple actions.

 

Take Action Online:

Take Action In Your Community:

  • Display the Go Orange poster at your business.
  • Wear orange on September 5th.
  • Volunteer at the Vermont Foodbank
  • TAKE the 3SquaresVT/SNAP Challenge and live on just $4.50 a day, the daily average per person benefit.
  • Sell limited edition orange Vermont Foodbank euro stickers for $1 and help create 3 meals for your neighbors in need.

Go Orange Campaign

Are you are a business or organization interested in Going Orange during September? Orange is the color of the anti-hunger movement.  To show their support in the fight against hunger during Hunger Action Month, business owners and organizations in cities and towns across America will Go Orange for the month of September. Here are some ways you can get involved.

  • Sell Orange: Businesses can sell limited edition orange Vermont Foodbank bird stickers for $1.  Each purchase will help the Foodbank provide 3 meals for our neighbors in need.
  • Use Orange: Businesses can decorate their storefronts and display windows in the coloe orange to show their support in the fight against hunger.
  • Share Orange: Use an orange profile or cover photo on your Facebook page for the month of September.  Also make sure to “like” the Vermont Foodbank and share our Hunger Action updates to help spread the word.
  • Wear Orange: Join food banks and businesses nationwide in taking action against hunger by wearing orange on Thursday, September 5th.

If you are a business or organization interested in Going Orange during September, please complete the Go Orange Form or download the form here. Stephani Kononan, our Marketing & Promotions Manager, will follow up with you soon.  If you have questions, contact her at skononan@vtfoodbank.org or 802-477-4121.

The following Vermont businesses participated in previous Go Orange Campaigns:

* indicates 2013 participants

Antique Mansion B&B, Rutland*
Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier*
Barre Opera House, Barre*
Beadniks
Bear Pond Books, Montpelier*
Bob’s Camera & Video, Barre*
Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro*
Buch Spieler, Montpelier*
Burrows Specialized Sports
Capital Stationers, Montpelier*
Central Market, Rutland*
Clean Slate Café
Coffee Corner
Coffee Exchange, Rutland*
Dewey Cafeteria at Vermont College of Fine Arts
Elliot Street Café
Espresso Bueno, Barre*
Exile on Main Street, Barre*
First in Fitness, Berlin*
First in Fitness, Montpelier*
Global Gifts, Montpelier*
Grafton Village Cheese Co.
GuitarSam
Kitchen Sync, Brattleboro*
La Brioche Bakery and Café, Montpelier*
Linden Gardens, Brattleboro*
Mad Taco, Montpelier*
McGillicuddy’s, Montpelier*
Montpelier Pharmacy, Montpelier*
National Life Group Cafeteria
NECI on Main, Montpelier*
New England Culinary Institute’s Administrative Office, Montpelier*
Once Upon a Time Toys, Stowe*
One More Time
Onion River Kids, Montpelier*
Onion River Sports, Montpelier*
Paramount Center, Rutland*
Petals & Things
Pinky’s on State, Montpelier*
Postive Pie 2
Rivendell Books, Montpelier*
Rubber Bubbles
Salaam Boutique
Shin La Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Brattleboro*
Simply Subs, Barre*
Simply Subs, Montpelier*
Sovernet Communications, Bellows Falls*
Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier*
Tattersall’s, Rutland*
The Book Garden
The Knitting Studio
The Shoe Horn Boutique, Montpelier*
The Works Bakery Café
Three Penny Taproom
Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro*
West Hill Shop
Woodbury Mountain Toys, Montpelier*
Zutanos Children’s Clothing

We Can End This – Fight Hunger in Vermont

We Can End This

Help Fight the Fight to End Hunger in Vermont.

Go to http://wecanendthis.com/ and help send 150,000 meals to Vermont… Do it *before* March 15th!!

For more information goto http://www.facebook.com/wecanendthis

Toyota Refuses Support of Pints for Prostates

A bizarre decision from a sport that used to be sponsored by tobacco companies… whose products have cause the early death of millions of people world-wide… Toyota Racing has declined to allow entry of a Pints for Prostates design for their national advertising campaign “Sponsafy a car“. The reason given for rejecting the design was that it “Contains offensive or inappropriate content.” Anyone looking at the proposed design can plainly see that it does not!

Head on over to Pints for Prostates organizer Rick Lyke’s “Lyke2Drink” blog site for the full details, including a picture of the proposed design. As Rick points out, there is still time for the Pints for Prostates ride to be part of the Toyota Sponsafy promotion and with your help we can make it happen. Please send a quick email to Kym Strong (kym_strong@toyota.com) of Toyota Motorsports and Greg Thome (greg_thome@toyota.com) of Toyota Corporate Communications. Use the subject line “Race the Pints for Prostates Car.”

Socially Responsible Beer

The Hop Press

My latest featured article for RateBeer’s The Hop Press… posted on Saturday, February 27th.

It is fairly common these days for all sorts of businesses to maintain that they include a “socially responsible mission” as a part of doing business with the rest of the world. Beer brewing businesses, of course, are among those which participate in this and some provide outstanding examples of companies altering their business practices to benefit a variety of important societal causes. Gone are the days when businesses can simply give such things lip service, as both consumers and industry watchdogs are ready and able to measure their level of commitment toward environmental stewardship and their support of their community. Not only have many breweries embraced this socially responsible side of their business, many have discovered that this can also mean both higher sales and drive higher profits to their bottom line.

Read more…

Support Pints for Prostates

A very worthwhile organization… Supporters can purchase tickets for a fund raising raffle to support this cause… 1st prize is a free trip to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, CO in September!

Tickets will be available where legal at beer festivals and other events for a $10 donation or three for a $25 donation. You must be at least 21 years old to enter and to take the trip.

All proceeds benefit the Pints for Prostates (www.pintsforprostates.org) campaign, which supports programs to fight prostate cancer and help men and their families battling the disease.

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. Founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008, the campaign raises awareness among men about the need for regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising.

Pints for Prostates has registered as a 501(c)3 charity and 100% of all funds raised by the group go to fighting prostate cancer and assisting men with the disease. Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, a 501(c)3 charity that works to support, educate and advocate for men with prostate cancer and their families, is a recipient of Pints for Prostates financial support.