The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing – and growing fast. (For Canadian facts click here. I like to use quick method: we are about 10 times smaller so the numbers should be10 times smaller too).
- Today, 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease.
- Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease – 3.2 million – are women.
- Within the next 10 years, 19 states will see a 40 percent or greater growth in the number of people with Alzheimer’s.
- Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds. In 2050, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
- Less than half (45 percent) of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers are aware of the diagnosis, compared with 90 percent or more of those diagnosed with cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Among individuals diagnosed with the disease, only 33 percent are aware they have it.
- Among all people living with Alzheimer’s disease, only about half have ever been diagnosed.
Alzheimer’s is not just memory loss - Alzheimer’s kills.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
- In 2013, over 84,000 Americans officially died from Alzheimer’s;in 2015,an estimated 700,000 people will die with Alzheimer’s – meaning they will die after having developed the disease.
- Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 71 percent from 2000 to 2013, while deaths from other major diseases (including heart disease, stroke, breast and prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS) decreased.
- Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed