Alzheimer's Association releases new facts

The Alzheimer's Association released its 2019 Alzheimer's Disease facts and figures report Tuesday.

Posted: Mar. 5, 2019 8:05 PM
Updated: Mar. 6, 2019 8:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Alzheimer's Association released its 2019 Alzheimer's Disease facts and figures report Tuesday.

The report shows the burden of Alzheimer's across the county and here in Indiana is growing.
The report explains just 1 in 7 seniors receive regular assessments for memory or thinking issues, which are critical for early detection of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

The Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report also provides a look at the latest statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and morbidity, costs of care and caregiving.

Prevalence, Incidence and Mortality
● An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019, including 200,000 under the age of 65. Approximately 110,000 are Indiana residents.
● By 2025 — just six years from now — the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is estimated to reach 7.1 million — an increase of 27 percent. Here in Indiana, the estimated number is 130,000 – a more than 18 percent increase.
● Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth-leading cause for those age 65 and older. In Indiana, 2,771 died with Alzheimer’s in 2017, the most recent figure available.
● While deaths from other leading causes such as heart disease and stroke have remained about the same or declined in recent years, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 145 percent between 2000 and 2017.

Cost of Care
● Total national cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated at $290 billion (not including unpaid caregiving) in 2019, of which $195 billion is the cost to Medicare and Medicaid.
● In Indiana, the report estimated total Medicaid costs for Americans with dementia age 65 and older is $1.020 billion for 2019. In the next six years, that figure is expected to increase 19.5 percent to $1.219 billion.

Caregiving
● More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
● In Indiana, there are 340,000 caregivers. In 2018, these caregivers provided 387 million total hours of unpaid care, valued at $4.89 billion.

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