Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States. For those 65 and older, it is the fifth-leading cause of death.
Between 2000 until recently, deaths attributed to Alzheimer's disease increased 89%, while those attributed to the number one cause of death--heart disease--decreased 14%. It is estimated that one to four family members act as caregivers for each individual with Alzheimer’s disease and that care lasts four to eight YEARS on average. In 2016, 15.9 million family and friends provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the U.S., a contribution to the nation valued at $230.1 billion dollars. Sadly, a large majority of them report seeing their own health suffer. Today we'll explore the problem, and several solutions. MASTERING MONEY is on the air!