GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- Today is "Go Purple Day", and it's not for the Minnesota Vikings. Today marks Alzheimer's Action Dayand by wearing purple you show support and help build awareness for those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
September is World Alzheimer's Month and it's considered the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
According to the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota, an estimated 100-thousand people in Minnesota live with the disease.
Here are some fast facts about Alzheimer's disease:
- One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer's disease.
-An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2012.
-More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
- Eighty percent of care provided at home is delivered by family caregivers.
- Payment for care is estimated to be $200 billion in 2012.
- Between 2000 and 2008, deaths attributed to Alzheimer's disease increased 66 percent, while those attributed to the number one cause of death, heart disease, decreased 13 percent.
For more information about the disease and the Alzheimer's Association, visit alz.org.