In the United States, 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and a new individual is diagnosed with the disease every 66 seconds.
Unless something is done, by 2050, up to 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s, and a new case will be diagnosed every 33 seconds.
Key facts about Alzheimer’s disease:
- 2 billion dollars in annual costs
- 6th leading cause of death
- 15 million unpaid caregivers
- It is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease currently affects more than 5.3 million Americans.
- In Palm Beach County there are more than 55,000 people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In Martin County there are more than 6,400 people and close to 9,000 people in Saint Lucie County affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is projected that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease could more than triple to 16 million by 2050.
- An estimated 1 in 8 persons aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is estimated that 1 to 4 family members act as caregivers for each individual with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Although Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the illness rises with age. Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
- As our population ages, the disease impacts a greater percentage of Americans. The number of people age 65 and older will more than double between 2000 and 2030 to 70.3 million or 20% of the U.S. population; likewise, those 85 and older will rise two-fold, to 8.9 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- It is estimated that about a half million Americans younger than age 65 have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. (This is referred to as young onset or early onset.)