AD is a major public health problem for the United States because it has such a huge impact on individuals, families, the health care system, and society. Scientists estimate that up to 4 million people now have AD. For every 5-year age group beyond 65, the percentage of people with AD doubles.
More than 34 million people are now age 65 or older. This number is 13 percent of the total population of the U.S. The percentage of people over age 65 will increase rapidly over the next few years as the “baby boom” generation reaches 65. In addition, the group of people over 85 – the group with the highest risk of Alzheimer’s disease – is the fastest growing segment of the population. By 2050, 14 million older Americans are expected to have Alzheimer’s disease if the current numbers hold and no preventive treatments become available.
Slightly more than half of those with AD are cared for at home, while the rest are in different kinds of care facilities. A recent study estimated that the annual cost of caring for one person with AD in 1996 was between $18,400 and $36,100, depending on how advanced the disease was and whether or not the person was at home. The cost of care has been steadily rising since then. The national cost of caring for people with AD is now thought to be about $100 billion every year.
Some lesser known facts about America are:
- More than 11 percent Americans over 65 has Alzheimer.
- Over 33 percent seniors die because of Alzheimer.
- 1 in 3 people having age 85 or more has the disease.
- 5.3 Millions Americans have the disease and it is growing rapidly and will reach to the 16 Millions by 2050.
- In America, Alzheimer is the 6th leading cause of death.
- 66% patients in USA are women.
- In USA, 30 percent Alzheimer patients also have cardiovascular diseases.
- 29 percent Alzheimer patients are also diabetic.
- Every minute someone in America develops the Alzheimer.
- 89% increase in deaths from 2000 to 2014.
- Deaths from Alzheimer’s is increasing day by day while deaths from cardiovascular diseases is decreasing.
- United States has 45.58 deaths/100K of the population.