Neurological Disease  /  Prevalence & Incidence

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 case of Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds
      Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s dementia.  
    • 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+.  
    • ~200,000 Americans have younger-onset Alzheimer’s
      An estimate 200,000 Americans under age 65 have Alzheimer’s disease–younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  
    • 5.5. million Americans have Alzheimer’s dementia
      In 2017, an estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia.  
    • 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.  
    • Alzheimer’s disease–only disease in top 10 causes of death that can’t be prevented, slowed, or cured
      Alzheimer’s disease is the only disease in the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured.  
    • Parkinson’s disease is the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S.  
    • 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease.  
    • Every year, 50,000 to 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  
    • Every 68 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • In 2013 there were 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.  
    • In 2009, 6% of all people admitted to hospices in the United States had a primary hospice diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease.   
    • 16% of women age 71 and older have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias compared with 11% of men.  
    • Of the 5.2 million people over age 65 with Alzheimer’s in the United States, 3.4 million are women and 1.8 million are men.  
    • An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2012, including 5.2 million people age 65 and older.  
    • Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia; it accounts for an estimated 60 to 80 percent of cases.  
    • Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Of the 5.2 million people aged >65 years with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, 3.4 million are women and 1.8 million are men.  
    • An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages will have Alzheimer’s disease in 2012.  
    • Framingham Estimated Liftime Risks for Alzheimer’s by Age and Sex  
    • The estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is: Nearly 1 in 5 for women (17.2%) One in 10 for men (9.1%)  
    • Every 69 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Of the 5.2 million Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s disease, 3.4 million are women and 1.8 million are men.  
    • In 2011, an estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Every 70 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Approximately 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • Various studies estimate that 40-67% of assisted living facility residents have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.  
    • At any given time, around 1/4 of all hospital patients age 65 and older are individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  
    • The lifetime risk at birth of developing Parkinson’s disease is around 2% for men and 1.3% for women.  
    • Every 9 minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease–60,000 new cases every year.  
    • An estimated 1.5 million Americans currently have Parkinson’s disease.  
    • Parkinson’s disease is the 2nd-most common neurodegenerative disease in the U.S., second only to Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • As many as 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed every year.  
    • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in the U.S.  
    • Around 10 million of the 78 million U.S. baby boomers who are alive today can expect to develop Alzheimer’s disease.  
    • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men who live to be at least 55 years old will develop Alzheimer’s disease in their lifetime.  
    • In June 2007, 46.4% of all nursing home residents had Alzheimer’s or another dementia.  
    • About 5.2 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease in 2008.  
    • Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% to 80% of all dementia diagnoses.  
    • The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are between 220,000 and 640,000 Americans age 55 to 64 with early onset Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  
    • Every 9 minutes a new Parkinson’s case is diagnosed–60,000 cases every year.  
    • As many as 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.  
    • Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States, second only to Alzheimer’s disease.