Alzheimer's disease currently affects approximately 5.4 million people in the U.S., and that number is only expected to skyrocket as baby boomers reach retirement age, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Those who are looking to fight against this deadly cognitive disease can wear purple this Wednesday for Alzheimer's Action Day. Also, turn a Facebook profile picture to the organization's End Alz purple icon and shop from some fantastic products through the website to support Alzheimer's research and awareness, the media outlet reports.
According to the Associated Press, a national plan for Alzheimer's is in the works, as the nation braces for the projected 13 to 16 million people who are expected to be effected by this disease by 2050. As the number of Alzheimer's patients grows, so does the number of caregivers providing home care, making caregiver support a priority as well.
Affordable housing is one of the main problems for caregivers today, as they are often unable to afford nursing homes or retirement living communities for their loved one. By coming up with a plan, they may be able to get the care that they need and reduce the stress of a caregiver, the news source reports.