Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

  • Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the 10 leading causes of deaths in the United States that cannot be cured, prevented or slowed.

  • 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s.

  • Between 2017 and 2025 every state is expected to see at least a 14% rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s.

  • There was an 89% increase in deaths due to Alzheimer’s between 2000 and 2014.

  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.

  • By 2050, it’s estimated there will be as many as 16 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

  • Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.

  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with some form of dementia.

  • When the first wave of baby boomers reaches age 85 (in 2031), it is projected that more than 3 million people age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s.

  • One-third of Americans over age 85 are afflicted with the illness.

  • Typical life expectancy after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is 4-to-8 years.