Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • The largest cost in the care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease is in long-term care in a nursing home. The average monthly cost of a nursing home in Minnesota is in excess of $5,000.00.
  • In Minnesota there are nearly 200,000 people who are caregivers for persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In the United States there are an estimated 5.4 million people who have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 1 in 8 older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Nearly 1/3 of all persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease live alone without caregivers nearby.
  • The proportion of people with Alzheimer’s disease doubles every 5 years after the age of 65. For people over the age of 85, one out of every 2 people have dementia or some form of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.
  • Payments for care are estimated to be $200 billion in the United States in 2012.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States
  • Alzheimer’s disease is among the top 10 diseases in the United States that cannot be prevented or cured.

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