June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts with early symptom such as short-term memory loss. As the disease advances, possible symptoms include impaired judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes, and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking.
Today worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. By mid-century, someone in America will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
With all of those symptoms it is easy to understand that three out of five people with Alzheimer’s will wander. If that isn’t bad enough, if the individual isn’t found within 24 hours, 50% suffer serious injury or death. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; it is the only top ten cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed down.
As the large Baby Boomer generation approaches their retirement years, the population at risk or Alzheimer’s increase. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 6.7 million. This is a 30% increase from the 5.2 million age 65 and older currently affected.
60% of those with Alzheimer’s wander.
As doctors and scientists work hard to treat and cure Alzheimer’s, we can work hard on keeping them safe now. When it comes to a wandering loved one with Alzheimer’s, every second counts. Lassy Project is creating the world’s largest network of community members that reinforce safety. Our technology gives people the power to alert their communities and form an instant search and rescue party in seconds. Click here to Join Lassy Project.