The Alzheimer’s Association has released their annual report, “Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” The 122-page report covers the status of all facets of Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States, not only a statistical overview of people who have been diagnosed with the disease, but also statistics on every aspect of their care. The accompanying special report “More Than Normal Aging: Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment” focuses on how doctors and the public can better understand mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the term used for certain subtle changes in memory and thinking. An estimated 10% to 15% of people with MCI will go on to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia. As the number of older people in the United States is expected to increase significantly by the year 2050, family members and caregivers will need to be adept at understanding MCI. MCI is not something that automatically comes with aging. Recognizing the symptoms early can help care teams and family members identify individuals who may be at risk of developing dementia.
Here are the key takeaways from the Alzheimer’s Association annual report on the state of Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States.
- More than six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s.
- By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- 55% of primary care physicians caring for people living with Alzheimer’s report there are not enough dementia care specialists in their communities to meet patient demands.
- In 2022, the total national cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to reach $321 billion. This cost does not include the unpaid care provided by family caregivers.
- More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
- The value of this unpaid care was more than $271 billion in unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in 2021.
- Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
- In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic contributed to a 17% increase in Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths.
- From 2000 and 2019, deaths from heart disease decreased 7.3%, while deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 145%.
- Fewer than 20% of Americans understand the signs and symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, which can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.
The entire report is available online at the Alzheimer’s Association website.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association