Facts + Figures

• Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal disease of the brain. There are currently no drugs available that prevent it or even slow its course.

• An estimated 44 million people globally are believed to be living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

• Alzheimer’s disease is officially the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. A recent study published in Neurology suggests that it may actually be the third leading cause of death.

• Every 68 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Today, an estimated 5.5 million Americans are afflicted.

• One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

• In 2014, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $214 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.

• In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided more than 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $220.2 billion.

• Women are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and to bear the burden of caregiving.

• Ending Alzheimer's disease would save 500,000 lives a year.