2015 Alzheimer’s Report Facts and Figures

(Alzheimer’s Association) The 2015 Facts and Figures report provides an in-depth look at the prevalence, incidence, morality and economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – all of which continue to rise at staggering rates as the American population ages.

Here are some quick facts:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will rise to 13.8 million by 2050.
  • Almost half a million (approx.473,000) people age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer’s in the U.S. in 2015.
  • In 2014, 15.7 million caregivers provided more than 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $217.7 billion.
  • Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease – 3.2 million – are women.
  • In 2015, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the nation $226 billion, including $153 billion in the cost to Medicare and Medicaid.

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