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- Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, affects at least 5 million Americans and is projected to triple by the year 2060.
- Hispanics, African Americans, and women have the greatest risk for Alzheimer’s disease; women are 2 times more likely to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease than men.
- CDC’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Data Portal provides national, regional, and state data that public health professionals can use to prioritize interventions and raise awareness about the needs of older adults.
- One in six adults has experienced four or more types of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, such as violence in the home or community.
- Preventing ACEs could reduce up to 21 million cases of depression, 2.5 million cases of overweight/obesity, and 1.9 million cases of heart disease in adulthood—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
- States and communities can leverage the best available evidence to prevent ACEs before they occur and to lessen their effects by using CDC’s ACE Prevention Resourcepdf icon[PDF-3.6MB].
- About 20% of US adults are caregivers who provide informal or unpaid care or assistance to a family member or friend who has a health condition or disability.
- Caregiving can be rewarding but also emotionally and physically demanding; in a CDC survey, nearly a fifth of caregivers reported being physically or mentally unhealthy 14 or more days in the previous month.
- Communities can promote caregiver health and wellbeing by offering support programs and encouraging respite, a short break away from caregiving.
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