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World Alzheimer’s Month

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MEDFORD, Ore. — This month is World Alzheimer’s Month.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in three seniors die with the disease or dementia.

In the video above, Randy Bean with the Medford Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association discusses local resources to help those living with the disease.

This disease impacts so many people personally, but it’s also very expensive for our nation as a whole. In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.

Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are long-distance caregivers. In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.