The Current Shadow Cast by Alzheimer’s Disease
Advocacy Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. By all indications, that number may be the least of our worries.
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.