Alzheimer's by the Numbers - 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is a wide-reaching problem for our aging population and their family members. Let’s take a look at the numbers for the entire country and Washington State.

National Alzheimer's Trends

  • Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
  • 1 in 9 people 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Among people age 70, 61% of those with Alzheimer’s are expected to die before age 80 compared with 30% of those without Alzheimer’s.
  • By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease.

National Economic Impact

  • Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. In 2050, it will be one in every three dollars.
  • The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia is estimated to reach $236 billion in 2016. This figure could total to $1.1 trillion by 2050.

Family Economic Impact

  • On Average, family caregivers spend more than $5,000 a year caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
  • Care contributors are 28% more likely than non-care contributors to struggle with their own finances.

Alzheimer’s and Washington State

  • We will see a roughly 40% increase in number of people aged 65 and older who have Alzheimer’s in Washington State.
  • In 2015, there was estimated to be over $4.5 trillion dollars worth of unpaid care, mostly from family caregivers.
  • 3rd leading cause of death in Washington State (2013)
  • Washington State has the 3rd highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America (2013)
  • There was a 82% increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000. (2013)

*All information was gathered from the Alzheimer’s Association

Download the entire 2016 ALZ Report Here

Published on November 1, 2016.