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Alzheimer's Disease

Statistics for Alzheimer's Disease

The two main facts about Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are that it is progressive and irreversible. Because it affects so many people, neuroscience has assembled a large body of statistics on AD. While the numbers may appear gloomy, each patient’s situation is unique. Only tests by their neurologist can reveal an accurate picture of their condition.

Some Essential Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

  • AD is the most common form of dementia
  • the 6th most common cause of death
  • the 5th most common cause of death in people older than 65
  • death rate from AD is about 25.7 per 100,000
  • people may live up to 20 years following diagnosis
  • 5.4 million Americans have AD (more than double since 1980)
    • 5.1 million people over age 65
    • 200,000 – 500,000 under 65 with Early Onset Alzheimer’s
  • 5% of men and women age 65 to 74, and 50% age 85 and older have AD
  • 16 million people expected to have AD by 2030
  • 15.5% of nursing home residents have AD
  • $130 billion estimated Medicare and Medicaid expenditures for AD (2012)
  • Medicare and Medicaid spending for AD patients is 9 times higher than for other patients

Locations for Alzheimer's Disease