November is Alzheimer's and Diabetes Awareness Month
Posted by: Communications Team | November 4, 2018
Two major health risks have awareness months in November. We want to do our part to make our friends, family, and customers aware of the statistics, facts, and information available on both Alzheimer’s and Diabetes. We invite you to take a couple of minutes to read the information below.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November shines a spotlight on the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for this disease that affects nearly 5.4 million Americans, and the number is growing. While the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease, it also focuses on increasing support for caregivers and sharing available resources.
President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, there were less than 2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, the number has more than doubled to 5.7 million Americans. Learn more about the Alzheimer’s epidemic and how you can show your support for Alzheimer’s awareness this month.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is a call for Americans to pay attention to the epidemic that is raging throughout the country. Affecting nearly 15 million people, including caregivers and people living with the disease, chances are you have been personally impacted by the Alzheimer’s epidemic. The Alzheimer’s Association recently updated their 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures to reveal the following statistics about Alzheimer’s in the United States:
- Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease
- 7 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
- By 2050, an estimated 14 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia
- In 2018, unpaid caregivers provided 18.4 billion hours of care, valued at over $232 billion
- The estimated lifetime cost of care for someone living with dementia is $341,840
- Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s could potentially save the country $7.9 trillion
For more information contact https://alzfdn.org
American Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.
How can American Diabetes Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.
- Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
- Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
For more information contact the American Diabetes Association.
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