2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report Available

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

The Alzheimer’s Association released its annual report last week.  The 90-page full report and the infographic are well worth the read.

Here’s some quick, sobering facts found in this report:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Between 2000 and 2017, deaths from heart disease have decreased 9% while deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 145%.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • 8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, there will be nearly 14 million living with the disease.
  • Only 16% of seniors receive regular cognitive assessments during routing health check-ups.
  • In 2019, Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the U.S. $290 billion. By the year 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.

For more information, check out this website.  You find information on numbers, costs, etc. on Alzheimer’s for your state or any U.S. state, costs of care, mortality, caregivers, etc.