Alzheimer's Disease  /  Economic Burden

As many as 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease--the sixth-leading cause of death. This disease threatens to bankrupt our economy as our nation ages. In 2012, the cost of providing care for Alzheimer's disease patients was 0 billion. If current trends continue, this cost is projected to grow to .1 trillion per year by 2050, resulting in an overwhelming economic burden.

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    • For families of loved ones with dementia, their out-of-pocket spending in the last 5 years before death was $61,522 compared to $34,068 without dementia.  Informal costs were $83,022 for people…  
    • Medicaid expenditures for people who died of dementia were $35,346 in the 5 years before death, compared to $4,552 for those without dementia.  
    • Spending on dementia
      Health care spending for dementia patients in their last 5 years of life is more than $250,000 per person.  This is 57% greater than costs associated with death from other…  
    • Average informal care costs over a five year period were estimated to be $83,022 for people with dementia vs. $38,272 fo
      Average informal care costs over a five year period were estimated to be $83,022 for people with dementia vs. $38,272 for those without dementia.  
    • Average out-of-pocket spending over a five year period for those with dementia was $61,522 compared to $34,068 for those
      Average out-of-pocket spending over a five year period for those with dementia was $61,522 compared to $34,068 for those without dementia.  
    • Between 2005 and 2010, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than $287,000 per person, nearly 60
      Between 2005 and 2010, total health care spending for people with dementia was more than $287,000 per person, nearly 60% percent greater than costs associated with death from other diseases, such as cancer…  
    • It costs an average of $4,766 more on healthcare per year for family caregivers who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s compared to non-caregivers.  
    • Medicaid recipients with Alzheimer’s disease have spending that is 9 times higher than for those without the disease.  
    • Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease have payments that are 3 times higher than beneficiaries without the disease.  
    • In 2012, Alzheimer’s disease costs up to $216 billion in care value.  
    • Alzheimer’s disease cost $203 billion in 2013.  
    • In 2007, the value of care provided by unpaid caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias was $89 billion.  
    • Beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease account for 34% of Medicare spending but make up only 12.8% of the 65 and older population.  
    • State and federal Medicaid spending on nursing home care for beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease was $19 billion in 2000.