They are certainly working on it, but the numbers are actually going in the wrong direction. Over 6 million people have Alzheimer’s disease at the time of this writing, and the number is expected to increase to 13 million by 2050.
How many people are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease?
This disease is devastating for the patient, and it is very tough on family members as well. There are over 11 million unpaid caregivers in the United States, and the duties are demanding on multiple levels.
It is hard to watch a loved one lose their ability to function normally, and as we have stated, there are behavioral changes. There is physical work to be done, and caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be time intensive.
To compound the challenge, there is a phenomenon known as the “sandwich generation.” This group is comprised of people that are simultaneously caring for older parents and their own children, so they have a lot on their plate.