Caregivers play an important role in helping people with Alzheimer’s disease manage. Learn more about the growing number of Alzheimer’s caregivers in the United States.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. In 2020, it affected about 5.8 million people in the United States. It’s most common in older adults, and as the population continues to age, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease may triple in the next three decades.

Alzheimer’s disease affects the areas of the brain responsible for memory, language, and thought processing. These changes are progressive, which means they get worse over time. Ultimately, this can lead to:

  • memory loss
  • difficulties caring for oneself
  • relationship challenges

Caregivers play an important role in helping loved ones manage their Alzheimer’s disease. They may help with many aspects of their care, including:

  • doing household chores
  • organizing finances
  • managing medications
  • coordinating healthcare teams

Although many people take on the caregiver role out of love, these responsibilities can cause high levels of emotional, financial, and physical stress. These stresses may increase as the condition worsens over time. So, it’s important for Alzheimer’s caregivers to take time to prioritize their health and well-being.

The infographic below explores some important facts and figures to know about the impact of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Infographic by Bailey Mariner

A growing number of people in the United States are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, which can be emotionally, financially, and socially challenging. Women make up many caregivers, and younger adults are increasingly becoming involved in caregiving responsibilities.

If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it’s important to take time to care for yourself as well. Your loved one’s healthcare team can help connect you with support resources in your area, such as respite care or support groups.