New Report Reveals Sharp Increases in Alzheimer's Prevalence, Deaths and Cost

Leslie Hanson
March 21, 2018

"This is just a first step, but we hope that our findings will encourage other scientists to look for structures similar to betanin that could be used to synthesize drugs that could make life a bit easier for those who suffer from this disease".

As Baby Boomers age, new cases and deaths are spiking, the association reports.

Given the long duration of this disease, the strain on Alzheimer's caregivers can last several years and produce serious declines in caregiver physical, emotional and financial well-being. In 2017, more than 16 million Americans (including 272,000 Kentuckians) provided 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care, including physical, emotional and financial support for the estimated 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

The report claims that total payments to care for Alzheimer's or other dementias sufferers is estimated to exceed a quarter of a trillion dollars, for the second consecutive year.

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While the number of deaths from heart disease decreased by 11 percent from 2000 to 2015, the association says the number of Alzheimer's-related deaths increased by 123 percent in the same time period. By comparison, the number of deaths from heart disease - the leading cause of death in the United States - fell 11 percent. The report by the Chicago-based Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.5 million Americans age 65 and older are now living with the disease, 220,000 of them in IL alone.


· Of the estimated 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018, 39,000 are New Mexicans. By 2025, the report projects a 21.1 percent increase in the number of people with Alzheimer's or another dementia in Kentucky alone.

· Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer's dementia (3.4 million) are women.

Every 65 seconds someone in the USA develops Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study by the Alzheimer's Association. By mid-century, someone in the US will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

A study released Tuesday reported that the cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer's disease continues to rise by $20 billion a year and Alzheimer's-related deaths are also increasing. In New Mexico, 483 people died with Alzheimer's in 2015, the most recent figure available. "Less oxidation could prevent misfolding to a certain degree, perhaps even to the point that it slows the aggregation of beta-amyloid peptides, which is believed to be the ultimate cause of Alzheimer's".

As much as $7.9 trillion in health and long-term care expenditures could be saved, however, if Alzheimer's were diagnosed early, when cognitive impairment is considered mild, according to an accompanying special report using economic modeling data.

Last year, the lifetime cost of care for a person with Alzheimer's stood at $329,360.

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