An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2013.
PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND OTHER DEMENTIAS HAVE MORE THAN
THREE TIMES AS MANY HOSPITAL STAYS
AS OTHER OLDER PEOPLE.
Most people survive an average of four to eight years after a diagnosis, but many can live as long as 20 years with the disease. This prolonged duration often places increasingly intensive care demands on family members and friends who provide care.
In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more then 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.
The number of people with the disease is growing and the number of friends and family who care for them is significantly more than previously reported.
Medicaid covers nursing home care and other long-term care services in the community for individuals who can no longer afford to pay for long-term care expenses. Ensuring access to Medicaid for those who need it must remain a priority for states as they deal with the escalating Alzheimer crisis.
Average per-person Medicaid payments for beneficiaries aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are nine times higher than Medicaid payments for those without the disease. In 2013, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
At a time when a number of states are facing tremendous budget challenges, the growing Alzheimer’s population will strain state budgets further.
While only 4 percent of the general population will be admitted to a nursing home by age 80, for people with Alzheimer’s, 75 percent will admitted to a nursing home, posing significant economic challenges to state Medicaid budgets.
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Click here for the full 2013 Facts and Figures Report.
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