Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Statistics

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How many people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's?

About 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease today.1

How many people are projected to get Alzheimer's?

By 2025, the number of people over age 65 with Alzheimer's disease is expected to reach 6.7 million.2

At what age do people get Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's usually occurs in adults over 60 years of age.2

What is younger-onset Alzheimer's?

Younger-onset Alzheimer's disease is defined as occuring in people younger than age 60.2

What is life expectancy after an Alzheimer's diagnosis?

A person may live anywhere from 3 to 20 years after diagnosis.2

Are men or women more likely to get Alzheimer's?

Women are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's than are men.2

Who cares for people with Alzheimer's?

Most people living with Alzheimer's disease are cared for at home by family members.3

How many Alzheimer's caregivers are caregiving at a distance?

Nearly 15 percent of all people with Alzheimer's or another dementia receive long-distance care from someone who lives an hour or more away from them.1

How many people in the U.S. are providing unpaid care to someone with Alzheimer's?

More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care to people suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias.1

How many Alzheimer's caregivers say their job was impacted by caregiving?

Thirty-nine percent of dementia caregivers said that their work situation was impacted (had to quit, retire early, reduce hours, or take a leave of absence).4

What is the economic impact of Alzheimer's in the U.S.?

In 2008, the average Medicare beneficiary with Alzheimer's and other dementias had payments three times as high as payments for other Medicare beneficiaries in the same age group ($43,847 per person for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias compared with $13,879 per person for those without Alzheimer's or other dementias).1

What is the financial impact of Alzheimer's on the caregiver?

Forty percent of dementia caregivers reported that they are "extremely" or "very" concerned about their own savings.4

What is the impact of Alzheimer's on the caregiver's relationships?

Forty-two percent of dementia caregivers said that their family relationships had been damaged by their caregiving experience.4

How does Alzheimer's develop?

Researchers believe that Alzheimer's develops as a result of many factors. Changes in the brain that may lead to Alzheimer's can begin occurring up to 20 years before symptoms are noticed.1

How soon before diagnosis do symptoms of Alzheimer's appear?

Sixty-one percent of caregivers reported that dementia symptoms showed up more than a year before their loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.4

Does Alzheimer's cause death?

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in America. It is the fifth leading cause of death among people 65 and older.1

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1. "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures." Alzheimer's Association. Alzheimer's & Dementia, Volume 8, Issue 2.
2. "Alzheimer's Disease." PubMed Health. Accessed March 9, 2013.
3. "Alzheimer's Disease." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed March 11, 2013.
4. * original research, August 2010.