Alzheimer’s by the Numbers

Stats on the devastating impact of the disease

Back Article May 7, 2015

The impacts of Alzheimer’s disease are taxing, both emotionally and economically, as shown in these stats from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.

By 2050, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to affect nearly 16 million Americans with direct costs of more than $1 trillion.

$214 billion – The direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

68 – The percentage that deaths from Alzheimer’s increased between 2000 and 2010. Deaths from other major diseases decreased.

67 – The number of seconds before another American develops Alzheimer’s disease. Predictions show this time dropping to 33 seconds by 2050.

3.2 million – The number of women with Alzheimer’s disease, which is nearly two-thirds of the total.

12 – The percentage of seniors affected in California, where Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death.

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