Alzheimer’s is a condition that is widely spread across the globe. Many patients have identified and reported to medical experts but yet there are more people who do not even know they ail from the disease. Here are some facts about Alzheimer’s that have been pulled out from some reliable sources;

  1. What is the prevalence of Alzheimer’s?
  • In 2015 an approximate of 5.3 million Americans are reported to suffer from Alzheimer’s.
  • Of the 5.3 million Americans suffering from the condition, 5.1 million of them are aged 65 years and above and about 200,000 of them are under the age of 65.
  • Approximately 3.2 million of 5.1 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s are women and 1.9 million of the 5.1 million are men. The women make up 2/3 and men 1/3 of Alzheimer’s sufferers.
  • Research has shown that older African-Americans and Hispanics have greater chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia diseases. Despite this, there are still many more non-Hispanic whites and non African-Americans that suffer from Alzheimer’s.
  • It is projected that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s will continue to grow exponentially for the coming years as the number of people aged 65 and above continue to grow. It is stipulated that the number of Alzheimer’s patients aged 65 years and above (that is the 5.1 million in 2015) will rise by 40 percent, that is, from 5.1 million to 7.1 million. By year 2050 the number will nearly triple as from 5.1 million to about 13.8 million. This calls for immediate and long-term solution to this disease.
  1. What is the Mortality rate?

Alzheimer’s is a condition that causes huge deaths all year round and is ranked among the top 10 causes of death in America. Here are some reliable mortality rate estimates;

  • Between the year 2000 and 2013 death toll resulting from Alzheimer’s rose by 71 percent whereas those from some other conditions such as heart diseases decreased by 14 percent during the same period.
  • About 700,000 people aged 65 and above will die from Alzheimer’s in the year 2015.
  1. Impacts on Caregivers and the Nation

Alzheimer’s not only affects the patient but it also places a heavy burden on the caregivers and the entire nation. Check out these statistical figures;

  • In the year 2014 alone family members and friends of Alzheimer patients devoted more than 17.9 billion of unpaid hours for their care. This productive time is valued at $217.7 billion which could have been injected into the nation.
  • On average, amount spend on Medicare per person on Alzheimer’s patients aged 65 and above, equal 3 times that spend on the elderly who do not suffer from Alzheimer’s or any other dementia related condition.
  • In 2015 the total costs spend by the American society for Alzheimer’s care is stipulated to total approximately 226 billion dollars, half of it borne by Medicare.
  • It is estimated that 41% of Alzheimer’s patient caregivers receive and annual income of $50,000 or even less.
  • In the year 2014 an extra $9.7 billion was spend by caregivers on their own health due to the emotional and physical stress resulting from care giving.