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Disease


Alzheimer’s Disease by the Numbers

5.2 million:
The estimated number of people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

100%:
Increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s every 5 years beyond the age 65.

500,000:
The number of seniors who die from Alzheimer’s annually.

$220 billion:
The estimated value of care from more than 17 million unpaid caregivers to Alzheimer’s patients in 2013.

Six and 68:
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. More than breast and prostate cancers combined. Deaths increased by 68% in the first decade of this century.

$214 billion
The annual cost of Alzheimer’s today (excluding the cost of caregivers).

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Single greatest cost to the HC system by a factor of three.

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Single greatest cause of depression and anxiety among caregivers.

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Only top ten US killer than did not decrease in the last decade.

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Only top ten killer with no effective treatment options available.

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Across more than two dozen surveys taken by a variety of organizations (eg. Met Life, Marist Polls) Alzheimer’s Disease is the single most dreaded illness among the American population.

*Statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Foundation