Alzheimer’s Facts + Figures

  1. Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal disease of the brain. There are currently no drugs available that prevent or even slow its course.
     
  2. Nearly 36 million people globally are believed to be living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
     
  3. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
     
  4. Every 68 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Today, an estimated 5.2 million Americans are afflicted.
     
  5. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
     
  6. In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
     
  7. In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.

 

Source: Alzheimer's Association