FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 22, 2014
OLDER AMERICANS AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE BY THE NUMBERS
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Releases New Infographic for Older Americans Month
NEW YORK (April 22, 2014) —It's no secret that our nation's population is aging. And, while Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are not part of the normal aging process, the incidence of these brain disorders is rising in line with the increasing number of older Americans. In recognition of Older Americans Month in May, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) today released a new, infographic offering a glimpse into older Americans and Alzheimer's disease, and the issues facing our nation now and in the coming years.
"Helping people mitigate risk factors for Alzheimer's disease has long been at the core of AFA's educational efforts," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's chief executive officer. "This month, when older Americans are especially in our nation's consciousness, we want to encourage people to adopt strategies that can help them age safely and successfully."
The new infographic contains two interactive sections—one on health and safety concerns such as falls and driving, and one with educational information about Alzheimer's disease, memory screenings, and modifying lifestyles for better brain health—with links to external resources designed to help both individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and their caregivers.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to triple by 2050. The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common form of dementia, doubles every five years after age 65.
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About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.
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