The New Numbers on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Association just published their latest facts and findings on the state of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. Northern Kentucky caregivers may be surprised to see how high and how fast the numbers of people living with Alzheimer’s are climbing. From 2000 to 2010, Kentucky saw an increase in Alzheimer’s of 8%.

By 2025, however, that number is projected to be an even more dramatic increase of 31%.

Alzheimers. Dementia, Memory Loss, Delusion, Irritability, Depressions, etc..The dementia care experts at St. Charles Community in Covington, Kentucky thought it was important to share a few key findings from this important research with our followers. Be forewarned: the numbers are staggering.

  • Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Since 2000, Alzheimer’s deaths have risen by 68%. This is in contrast with a decrease in deaths for nearly every other major disease.
  • One in three of our seniors die from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
  • More than 5.2 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. 200,000 of those people are under the age of 65.
  • Someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. By 2050, that number will change to every 33 seconds.
  • This year 450,000 people will die from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 15.4 million people are caregivers for a family member or a friend with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.
  • Unpaid family caregivers provide 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care each year. That would cost families $216 billion if they had to pay a caregiver.
  • 2013 costs to the nation for Alzheimer’s are projected to reach $203 billion. By 2050, that number is expected to climb to $1.2 trillion.
  • This year Medicare will pay $107 billion for care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Medicaid will pay $35 billion.
  • Almost 15% of caregivers provide care long distance. Their expenses for caregiving are two times higher than those of local caregivers.

If you would like to learn more about the Alzheimer’s epidemic, NPR has an interview you can listen to that is just under 4 minutes long. To learn more about how you can help the Alzheimer’s Association in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati, you can find them online.

Do you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease? How many hours a week do you provide care?

St. Charles Community is Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati’s most trusted senior care partner. A faith-based, nonprofit organization, we have served elders in our community for over 50 years. Contact us today at 859.331.3224 or email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) for your senior care and living needs.