Research is beginning to uncover the impact of Alzheimer’s disease among Hispanics. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, Hispanics are about 1.5 more times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites.
- Hispanics have a higher rate of Alzheimer's than whites to have Alzheimer's and dementia but are less likely than whites to have a diagnosis.
- Hispanics/Latinos face a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias because (like the general population in the United States) they are living longer but have higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors.
- Risk factors for vascular disease — mainly diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — may also be risk factors for Alzheimer's and stroke-related dementia. Latinos in the United States have higher rates of diabetes, putting them at greater risk for developing Alzheimer's.
- Hispanics are the fastest-growing population in the United States. During the first half of the 21st century, the number of Hispanic elders with Alzheimer's and related dementias could increase more than six-fold, from fewer than 200,000 today to as many as 1.3 million by 2050.
- Latino life expectancy will increase to age 87 by 2050, surpassing all other ethnic groups in the United States.
Read the 2010 Facts and Figures Report