Alzheimer’s Facts + Figures

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

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

  3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sources: Alzheimer's Association and Neurology