Silver Book Fact

Among the elderly, hospitalization of a spouse for dementia correlated to an increase risk of death for the partner that was not hospitalized. Among men, 8.6% died within a year after a partner was hospitalized for dementia, compared to 6.4% after a partner was hospitalized for colon cancer and 6.9% after a partner was hospitalized for stroke. Among women, 5% died within a year after a partner was hospitalized for dementia, compared to 3% after a partner was hospitalized for colon cancer and 3.7% after a partner was hospitalized for stroke.

Alzheimer's Association. 2007 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Washington, D.C.: Alzheimer’s Association; 2008. http://www.alz.org/national/documents/Report_2007FactsAndFigures.pdf

Reference

Title
2007 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
Publisher
Alzheimer’s Association
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Alzheimer's Association
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Dementia is Nearly Inevitable for Parkinson’s Disease Patients
     
  • Of the 5.2 million Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s disease, 3.4 million are women and 1.8 million are men.  
  • 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.  
  • Average Age of Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis
     
  • On average, Medicare spends about 3 times more per beneficiary diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, compared to someone who does not have dementia ($13,207 compared to $4,454).