Neurological Disease  /  Future Human Burden

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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    • New case of Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds by 2050
      By 2050, an American will develop Alzheimer’s dementia every 33 seconds.  
    • New cases of Alzheimer’s will double by 2050
      The annual number of new cases of Alzheimer’s dementia is expected to double between 2017 and 2050.  
    • By 2040, it is projected that the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will double from 630,000 in 2010.  
    • In 2050, it is estimated that a person develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds.  
    • By 2050, the number of adults with age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple–reaching 13.8 million.  
    • The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease is expected to more than double between 2010 and 2040.  
    • When the first wave of baby boomers reaches age 85 (in 2031), an estimated 3.5 million people age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s.  
    • By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 11 million to 16 million, barring the development of medical…  
    • By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 6.7 million— a 30 percent increase from the 5.2 million age 65 and…  
    • In 2000, there were an estimated 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease. For 2010, that number was estimated to be 454,000 (a 10% increase); by 2030, it is projected to…  
    • Because of the increase in the number of people over 65 in the United States, the annual incidence and other dementias is projected to double by 2050.  
    • By the middle of the century, someone in America will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.  
    • By 2050, the number of people aged ≥65 years with Alzheimer’s disease may triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 11 to 16 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs…  
    • By 2025, the number of people aged ≥65 years with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 6.7 million, a 30% increase from the 5.2 million aged ≥65 years currently affected.  
    • In 2000, there were an estimated 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease. For 2010, that number was estimated to be 454,000 (a 10% increase); by 2030, it is projected to…  
    • Because of the increase in the number of people aged >65 years in the United States, the annual incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is projected to double by…  
    • When the first wave of baby boomers reaches age 85 years (in 2031), an estimated 3.5 million people aged ≥85 years will have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • By mid-century, someone in America will develop Alzheimer’s disease every 33 seconds.  
    • Projected Numbers of People Aged 65 and Over in the U.S. Population with Alzheimer’s Disease (in Millions) Using the U.S. Census Bureau Estimates of Population Growth*  
    • When the first of the baby boomers reach age 80 (2031), an estimated 3.5 million people age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • In 2000, there were an estimated 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease.  That number grew to an estimated 454,000 in 2010 (a 10% increase).  By 2030, that number is projected…  
    • Currently someone in the U.S. develops Alzheime’s disease every 69 seconds.  By the middle of the century, that will increase to every 33 seconds.  
    • Due to the growth of the over 65 population, the annual total number of new cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is projected to double by 2050.  
    • Between 2010 and 2050, the proportion of people with Alzheimer’s disese age 65 and older who are in the severe stage of the disease, will increase from 41 to 48%.   
    • By 2050, around 16% of Americans age 65 and older are projected to have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Number of Americans Age 65 and Older with Alzheimer’s Disease, 2010 – 2050  
    • About 2.4 million Americans age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease (47% of the Alzheimer’s population 65 and older). When the first wave of Baby Boomers reaches age 85 (year…  
    • Currently, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 70 seconds. By the middle of this century, that number could be as frequent as every 33 seconds.  
    • In 2000, there were an estimated 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease. By 2010, that number is expected to increase to nearly half a million new cases each year (454,000),…  
    • Across the country, many states and regions are expected to see double-digit percentage increases in the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease–some over 100%–between 2000 and 2025.  
    • Between 2005 and 2030, the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease is projected to almost double.  
    • Baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011, which puts them at the greatest risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • By 2050, more than 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease will be age 85 or older.  
    • By 2050, the number of individuals age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s could range from 11 million to 16 million.  
    • There were an estimated 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease in 2000. That number is expected to increase to 454,000 new cases a year by 2010, 615,000 new cases a year…  
    • Currently, a person in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease every 71 seconds. This will increase to every 33 seconds by the middle of this century.  
    • The size of the U.S. population age 65 and older will double over the next 25 years, growing to 70 million by 2030 when the youngest of the baby boomers…  
    • There will be a 44% increase in Americans with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.  
    • By 2030, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to be about 7.7 million, which is more than a 50% increase over the number…  
    • By mid-century, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to grow to as many as 16 million, which is more than the current total population of New York…  
    • As the United States population ages, researchers estimate that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease will come close to quadrupling over the next 50 years, when 1 in 45 may be…  
    • Projected Alzheimer’s Disease Prevalence, 2000-2100  
    • The number of Americans diagnosed with dementia is expected to more than double from 2.5 million in 2002 to 5.2 million in 2030.  
    • By 2050, as many as 16 million people could be affected by Alzheimer’s disease.