2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare®

Late last week, the Alzheimer’s Association released its annual report on the human and financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease. The 88-page report is full of vital information regarding the numbers behind this ever-growing international health care crisis (this author’s term) we are facing.

Here are some quick and sobering facts for consideration:

ALZ stats

The report addresses valuable information regarding:

  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (the most common form of dementia)
    • Causes
    • Associated Characteristics
    • Signs of Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias Compared with Typical Age-Related Changes
  • Prevalence
  • Mortality and Morbidity
  • Caregiving
  • Use and Costs of Health Care, Long-Term Care and Hospice
  • Financial and Personal Benefits of Early Diagnosis

It may not be as exciting as a beach or romance novel, but it is a report that every provider – acute and post-acute – should read. In addition, now would be a good time to review the Dementia Care Recommendations for LTC Providers and Caregivers blog posted January 19, 2018. There are 2 hyperlinks within this blog that will provide needed information for quality and person-centered dementia care.

Lastly, here’s some good news reported yesterday by the Alzheimer’s Association. Congress has included the $414 million Alzheimer’s and Dementia research funding request in its final appropriations negotiation for the FY2018 spending plan for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “This bipartisan effort marks the third consecutive fiscal year of historic funding increases. When the $414 million increase is signed into law by the President, Alzheimer’s and dementia research funding at the NIH will reach $1.8 billion.”