The Alzheimer's Association 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report reveals new statistics on the ever-growing weight of Alzheimer's disease on our nation.
The report describes the public health impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including incidence and prevalence, mortality and morbidity, use and costs of care, and the overall impact on caregivers and society.
"Unfortunately today there are no Alzheimer's survivors. If you have Alzheimer's disease, you either die from it or die with it. Now we know that 1 in every 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Urgent, meaningful action is necessary, particularly as more and more people age into greater risk for developing a disease that has no cure and no way to slow or stop its progression," said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.
By mid-century, the number of Americans age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may grow to 13.8 million – a steep increase from the estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older who have Alzheimer’s dementia today. Startling facts include:
1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 146.2% percent between 2000 and 2018, while deaths resulting from stroke, HIV and heart disease decreased.
Total payments in 2020 for health care, long-term care and hospice services for people age 65 and older with dementia are estimated to be $305 billion.
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