Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released

The Alzheimer's Association 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released on March 19 reveals startling statistics on the ever-growing impact of Alzheimer's disease on our nation, including new information on growing death rates, the cost of the disease and the disproportionate burden of Alzheimer's disease on women.

  "Despite being the nation's biggest health threat, Alzheimer's disease is still largely misunderstood. Everyone with a brain – male or female, family history or not – is at risk for Alzheimer's."
– Angela Geiger, Alzheimer's Association chief strategy officer.

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, at a cost of $1.2 trillion (in current dollars).

The face of Alzheimer's is changing, affecting more of our friends and family every day.  Learn more and share the facts. Your free download of the report is available now.

2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Shows Disproportionate Impact on Women. Among the other findings of the report:

•There are an estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 200,000 people under age 65. By 2050, as many as 16 million people could have Alzheimer’s.

•About half of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have not been diagnosed.

•One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In 2014, an estimated 700,000 seniors in the United States will die with Alzheimer’s.

•In 2014, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

•Alzheimer’s drives up the costs of other chronic conditions. For example, the average Medicare costs for seniors with diabetes and Alzheimer’s or another dementia are 81 percent higher than seniors with diabetes but no Alzheimer’s or dementia; for Medicare beneficiaries with heart disease, costs are 61 percent higher.

•In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, a contribution to the nation valued at more than $220 billion.

•Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had $9.3 billion in additional health care costs in 2013 due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving.

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