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Alzheimer’s Is Accelerating Across the U.S.

As populations age, rates soar

Alzheimer¹s Is Accelerating Across the U.S.

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The Alzheimer’s Association says, “Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's dementia every 66 seconds.”

Degenerative brain disease and dementia are on the rise across all 50 U.S. states, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As the rate of Alzheimer’s continues to escalate, more financial stress will be placed on health care programs. The trend will also increase the need for caregivers nationwide.

An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The statistics are broken down by age and ethnicity and are listed as follows on their site.

  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
  • African Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementia as whites.
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementia as whites.

Another startling figure exposed by the Alzheimer’s Association (AA) is that “Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's dementia every 66 seconds.”

The state with the highest rate of Alzheimer’s is Alaska. Cases of the disease are projected to increase from 7,100 in 2017 to 11,000 in 2025 — an increase of 54.9 percent, reports AA.

Why are rates so high there? It’s most likely due to the projected growth of Alaska’s elderly population. The older population is expected to increase to 35.6 percent by 2025; an estimated 70,900 to 110,000 people will be 65 and over.

Below is a list of the 10 states that are predicted to have the highest rate increases of Alzheimer’s by 2025.

1. Alaska

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 54.9 percent

Alaska may have the highest rate of Alzheimer’s, but it also has the lowest mortality rate from the disease. For Alaska, the rate is 9.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The U.S. rate is 29 deaths per 100,000, which is more than triple the mortality projected for Alaska.

2. Arizona

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 53.8 percent

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s disease was the eighth-leading cause of death in Arizona. Arizona’s older population, one of the largest of all states, is estimated to grow by approximately 29.1 percent by 2025.

3. Nevada

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 48.8 percent

The expected increase in the older population in Nevada is 32.3 percent, which is a much higher rate than the anticipated growth of the entire country.

4. Vermont

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 41.7 percent

Vermont’s older residents encompass 7.2 percent of Vermont’s population, the sixth highest among all states. The sharp increase in Alzheimer’s in Vermont is due to the large portion of people who are 75 and over.

5. Utah

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 40.0 percent

It’s estimated that older residents are just 10.3 percent of the population, but are expected to increase to 33 percent by 2025.

6. New Mexico

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 39.5 percent

Although lower than the national average, the estimated increase in New Mexico’s older population is 24.6 percent.

7. South Carolina

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 39.5 percent

The death rate from Alzheimer’s in South Carolina is the eighth highest in the U.S. — 40.1 deaths among every 100,000 people. Medicaid cost for Alzheimer’s patients in South Carolina reached $544 million in 2017 and is estimated to climb to $793 million by 2025.

8. Florida

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 38.5 percent

Florida’s older population is above average. Approximately 1 in 5 residents are 65 and older and the older population is expected to grow by 25 percent by 2025.

9. Wyoming

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 38.3 percent

 The older population will grow from 83,000 to an estimated 116,800 in 2025.

10. Idaho

Alzheimer’s Increase, 2017-2025: 37.5 percent

The Medicaid cost of care for the disease is expected to soar to 47.8 percent from 2017 to 2025 in Idaho.

Where does your state rank on the list? See the full report.