Facts and Figures

  • smiling elderly woman and daughterThere are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease today.
  • Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, 5.2 million are 65 years of age or older; 200,000 people are under age 65, with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 3.4 million of those with the disease are women.
  • As the population of Americans age 65 or older continues to increase each year, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease will also increase proportionally. By 2050, it is expected that 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease – unless something can be done to stop its progression.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death across all ages in the United States. It is the 5th leading cause of death for Americans age 65 or older.
  • Between 2000 and 2008, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased 66 percent, while deaths from other major diseases decreased.
  • After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, most individuals live an average of 4 to 8 years, with some living as long as 20 years.
  • Of all Americans age 65 or older, one in eight has Alzheimer’s disease. Of those individuals 85 or older, almost half have the disease.

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