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Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
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Alzheimer's Association 2016 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 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.
  • Nearly half of care contributors -- those who are caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's and/or contribute financially to their care -- cut back on their own expenses (including food, transportation and medical care) to pay for dementia-related care of a family member or friend.
  • In 2015, 15.9 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $221 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 510,000 caregivers in our state.
  • These caregivers are providing 580 million hours of unpaid care.
  • These unpaid care hours are valued at $7.1 billion.
  • $317 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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