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Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures
The Statistics are Sobering
- There are over 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
- By 2050, that number is expected to reach 14 million.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
- 82% of Primary Care Physicians say they are on the front lines of providing dementia care.
- 50% of Primary Care Physicians believe that the medical profession is not ready for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
- Between 2000 and 2018, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 7.8% while deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 146%
Alzheimer’s Takes a Toll on Caregivers
- Compared with caregivers of people without dementia, twice as many caregivers of those with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties.
- Of the total lifetime cost of caring for someone with dementia, 70% is borne by families — either through out-of-pocket health and long-term care expenses or from the value of unpaid care.
Clinicians Can Be Unsure How Best to Support Caregivers
- Fewer than half of dementia caregivers report ever having a clinician ask them what they need to care for their loved one.
- Only a quarter of dementia caregivers report a clinician ever asking them about their own self-care needs.
- More than half of dementia caregivers say they need more help managing their own emotional and physical stress.
Health Care Costs
- People living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people.
- Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are more likely than those without dementia to have other chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.