Neurological Disease  /  Age - A Major Risk Factor

The prevalence of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are skyrocketing as our population ages and they threaten to bankrupt our economy if better treatments and cures aren't found.  5.4 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This number will triple to 16 million by the year 2050. Parkinson’s disease affects 1 million Americans, with at least 60,000 new cases occurring each year.

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    • Lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s
       
    • New cases of Alzheimer’s disease in 2017
      In 2017, there will be approximately 64,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s in Americans ages 65 – 74, 173,000 new cases in those 75-84, and 243,000 new cases in those 85+.  
    • Alzheimer’s dementia by age
       
    • Alzheimer’s increases with age
      The percentage of people living with Alzheimer’s increases with age–from 3% in ages 65-74 to 17% in ages 75-84 to 32% in ages 85+.  
    • 1 in 10 people age 65 + have Alzheimer’s dementia
      Ten percent (1 in 10) people in the U.S. ages 65 and up have Alzheimer’s dementia.  
    • 1 in 2 people over the age of 85 has Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • After the age of 65, the rate of people who develops Alzheimers doubles every 5 years.  
    • An estimated 60 to 70 percent of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias live in the community compared with 98 percent of older adults without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  
    • Nearly half of people age 85 and older (45%) have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • One in eight people age 65 and older (13%) has Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • In 2012, the 85-years-and-older population includes about 2.5 million people with Alzheimer’s disease, or 48 percent of the Alzheimer’s population age 65 and older.  
    • The estimated annual incidence of Alzheimer’s disease appears to increase dramatically with age, from approximately 53 new cases per 1,000 people age 65 to 74, to 170 new cases per…  
    • Of those with Alzheimer’s disease, an estimated 4 percent are under age 65, 6 percent are 65 to 74, 44 percent are 75 to 84, and 46 percent are 85…  
    • The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is advancing age, but Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.  
    • Nearly half of people aged ≥85 years (45%) have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • One in eight people aged ≥65 years (13%) has Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • The estimated annual incidence of Alzheimer’s disease appears to increase dramatically with age, from approximately 53 new cases per 1,000 people aged 65 to 74 years, to 170 new cases…  
    • In 2010, the 85 and older population included around 2.4 million people with Alzheimer’s disease–or 47% of the Alzheimer’s population age 65 and older.  
    • The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increases dramatically with age: From approximately 53 new cases per 1,000 people ages 65 to 74 To 170 new cases per 1,000 people ages 75 to 84 To…  
    • An estimated 13.9% of Americans age 71 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Of those with Alzheimer’s disease, 4% are under age 65 6% are between the ages of 65 and 74 45% are between the ages of 75 and 84 45% are age 85 and older  
    • Close to half of all people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease (43%).  
    • In 2011, around 5.4 million Americans are estimated to have Alzheimer’s disease.  This includes 5.2 million people age 65 and older 200,000 under age 65 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  
    • 1 in 8 older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • One in 8 people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease–13% of the 65 and older population.  
    • Approximately 5.1 million Americans age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease increase dramatically with age. For every 100,000 Americans, 6,317 people age 80 and over have the disease, compared with 2,785 aged 70-80 and 704 aged…  
    • The incidence of Parkinson’s disease rapidly increases over the age of 60 years–with only 4% of cases occurring under the age of 50.  
    • The average diagnosis age for Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. is 70.5 years.  
    • Advancing age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A majority of Americans that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 or older.  
    • Dementia prevalence was found to increase with age, from 5% of those Americans aged 71-79 years to 37.4% of those aged 90 and older.  
    • In 2002, the prevalence of dementia among individuals aged 71 and older was approximately 3.4 million Americans.  
    • 15% of Americans with Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed before the age of 50–incidence increases with age.  
    • The typical Alzheimer’s care recipient is 78 years old, female, and widowed. A full third of Alzheimer’s recipients (35%) are 85 years and older.  
    • At least 50% of elderly residents of assisted living facilities have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.  
    • The average age of onset for Parkinson’s is 60-years-old.