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Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
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Alzheimer's Association 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Quick Facts:

  • Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.
  • Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.
  • Less than half (45 percent) of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer's or their caregivers are aware of the diagnosis.
  • In 2014, 15.7 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $217 billion.
  • Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
  • There are approximately 700,000 people dying each year because they have Alzheimer's.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.

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Michigan Statistics:

  • 180,000 people in Michigan aged 65 or older have Alzheimer's.
  • There are about 508,000 caregivers in our state - 12% of seniors.
  • These caregivers are providing 578 million hours of unpaid care.
  • These unpaid care hours are valued at $7.1 billion.
  • $305 million are spent for higher health costs of these caregivers.
  • There were 3,220 deaths from Alzheimer's disease in 2012, a 96% increase since 2000.

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