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The impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families and our health care system makes the disease one of our nation’s greatest medical, social and fiscal challenges.
  • An estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, according to date based on the number of cases detected in an ethnically diverse population sample and the 2000 U.S. census.  In Utah close to 40,000 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Utah has one of the fastest growing elderly populations in the country, therefore the increase in Utahan’s with Alzheimer’s disease will be dramatic in the years to come if a treatment or cure is not found.
  • The data shows that by 2050, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s could range from 11.3 million to 16 million, with a middle estimate of 13.2 million.  In Utah the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease will rise to almost 100,000 by the middle of the century.
  • Finding a treatment that could delay onset by 5 years could reduce the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease by nearly 50 percent after 50 years.
  • In a Gallup poll commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 10 Americans said that they had a family member with Alzheimer’s and 1 in 3 knew someone with the disease.
  • Increasing age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s.  One in 10 individuals over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 are affected.  Rare, inherited forms of Alzheimer’s disease can strike individuals as early as their 30’s and 40’s.
  • A person with Alzheimer’s disease will live an average of 8 years and as many as 20 years or more from the onset of symptoms.
  • National direct and indirect annual costs of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are at least $100 billion, according to estimates used by the Alzheimer’s Association and National Institute on Aging.
  • Alzheimer’s disease costs American business $61 billion a year, according to a report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Association.  Of that figure, $24.6 billion covers Alzheimer health care and $36.5 billion covers costs related to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s, including lost productivity, absenteeism and worker replacement.
  • More than 7 out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where almost 75 percent of their care is provided by family and friends.  The remainder is “paid” care costing an average of $12,500 per year.  Families pay almost all of that out of pocket.
  • Half of all nursing home residents have Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.  The average cost for nursing home care is $42,000 per year but can exceed $70,000 per year in some areas of the country.
  • The average lifetime cost of care for an individual with Alzheimer’s is $174,000.

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