2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures: Numbers are Rising

Alzheimer's disease and dementia numbers are rising


The Alzheimer’s Association recently released updated facts and figures on Alzheimer’s disease for 2012. As numbers continue to rise, there are some startling statistics that illustrate the impact of this growing healthcare and caregiving epidemic.

  • Someone new develops Alzheimer’s diease every 68 seconds
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US
  • There are over 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the US
  • These 15 million dementia caregivers equal the population of the fifth largest US state – Illinois – where I live
  • Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased 66% while deaths from other major diseases have dropped
  • Alzheimer’s cost the US $200 billion annually, and caregivers share this huge financial burden

Download the Alzheimer’s Association report “2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures”¬†here and watch the video for a quick recap on the latest findings.

Awareness is our hope for a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Please share this information with others. Facts and figures courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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