Silver Book Fact

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 will be more than 65 years old. Because age is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s, there could be an increase of 70% diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., with an estimated 7.7 million people affected.

Alzheimer’s Disease Growth: U.S. will see average 44 percent increase in Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. http://www.alz.org/alzwa/documents/alzwa_resource_ad_fs_ad_state_growth_stats.pdf. Published 2004

Reference

Title
Alzheimer’s Disease Growth: U.S. will see average 44 percent increase in Alzheimer’s disease by 2025
Publisher
Alzheimer’s Association
Publication Date
Published 2004
Authors
Alzheimer's Association
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

Related Facts

  • In 2004, total per person payments from all sources for health care, long-term care and hospice were 3 times higher for Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s and…  
  • Beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease account for 34% of Medicare spending but make up only 12.8% of the 65 and older population.  
  • In 2003, Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias spent an average of $3,455 (22%) of their income on health care.  
  • 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+.  
  • In 2005, Medicare spent $91 billion caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease.