5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. More than triple that amount are caregivers. Check out the statistics & learn the facts. Help wipe out Alzheimer's.
The Human Toll of Alzheimer's
- There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, including 3.2 million women and 200,000 people under the age of 65 with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease/
- There are currently 15.5 million caregivers providing 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care in the U.S., often at the detriment of their own health.
- Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is still widely misunderstood and underreported.
The Financial Toll of Alzheimer's
- The physical and emotional impact of dementia caregiving resulted in an estimated $9.3 billion in increased healthcare costs for Alzheimer's caregivers in 2013.
- The total national cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias is projected to reach $214 billion this year, not including unpaid caregiving by family and friends valued at more than $220 billion.
- In 2014, the cost to Medicare and Medicaid of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias will reach a combined $150 billion with Medicare spending nearly $1 in every $5 on people with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
The Future Toll of Alzheimer'sThe numbers above are set to soar as the baby boomers continue to enter the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer's disease.
- Unless something is done to change the course of the disease, there could be as many as 16 million Americans living with Alzheimer's in 2050.
- Costs may reach $1.2 trillion (in current dollars) to the nation.
- This dramatic rise includes a 500% increase in combined Medicare and Medicaid spending and a 400% increase in out-of-pocket spending.
The Fight Against Alzheimer'sThe country's first-ever National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease has a goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's disease by 2025. Ensuring strong implementation of the National Alzheimer's Plan, including adequately funding Alzheimer's research, is the best way to avoid these staggering human and financial tolls.
Said Angela Geiger, Chief Strategy Officer of the Alzheimer's Association. "Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's, and America is aging. As a nation, we must band together to protect our greatest asset, our brains."
The full text of the Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures can be viewed by clicking on the following link. The full report also appears in the March 2014 issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Volume 10, Issue 2).
Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report (PDF DOWNLOAD)
The Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report is a comprehensive compilation of national statistics and information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The report conveys the impact of Alzheimer's on individuals, families, government and the nation's health care system. Since its 2007 inaugural release, the report has become the most cited source covering the broad spectrum of Alzheimer's issues.
The Facts and Figures report is an official publication of the Alzheimer's Association.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org.