(WASHINGTON) -- Every 69 seconds one person develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the latest Alzheimer’s Association report released Tuesday.
The 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures highlights this statistic and more in a comprehensive report that depicts how the disease has impacted Americans and their caretakers.
The report notes that Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the U.S. and the fifth among those 65 and old. The disease is also the only one among the top 10 leading causes of death in the country that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
Between 2000 and 2008 alone, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 66 percent.
Moreover, approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and the number is expected to climb to 16 million by 2050.
The disease has also taken a financial toll on the 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers who have provided unpaid care valued at $202.6 billion.
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