Alzheimer's Association Releases 2016 Facts & Figures

The just-released Alzheimer's Association 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report sheds further light on the Alzheimer's epidemic. Critical new statistics revealed include: 

  • The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing — and growing fast. An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2016. Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's. By mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
  • Nearly half (48 percent) of family and friends of people with Alzheimer's are jeopardizing their financial stability to afford dementia-related expenses. For some, this means drawing from savings or retirement funds; for others this may mean sacrificing basic needs such as food, transportation and medical care.
  • Nearly two out of three people incorrectly believe that Medicare helps pay for nursing home care, or were unsure whether it did — leaving many families unprepared for the personal financial impact of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's, an estimated 5.2 million people are age 65 and older, and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer's). One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease.

These numbers will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the baby boom generation has begun to reach age 65 and beyond, the age range of greatest risk of Alzheimer's. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. Previous estimates based on high range projections of population growth provided by the U.S. Census suggest that this number may be as high as 16 million.

 

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