What is the prevalence?

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is rapidly ascending. As baby boomers age, the number of affected is expected to almost triple — from 5.2 to 13.8 million.

  • 1 in 9 people aged 65 or older has Alzheimer’s.

  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

  • Every 66 seconds, a person in the U.S. develops the disease. By 2050, the rate will jump to 33 seconds.

What are the costs?

In 2016, total payments for health care, long-term and hospice care are estimated to be $236 billion for Alzheimer’s and dementia alone.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare dollars goes to people with the disease.

  • By 2050, it will be 1 in every 3 dollars.

  • Cumulatively, Alzheimer’s costs the U.S. 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care, via caregivers.

What happens next?

Without action today, the costs of Alzheimer’s will spike 360 percent from today, including a five-fold increase in government spending under Medicare and Medicaid, and an equal increase in out-of-pocket spending. To start, join the conversation on Twitter to help amplify awareness of the toll Alzheimer’s and dementia are taking on America.