The Facts and Figures report reveals new statistics on the ever-growing weight of Alzheimer's disease on our nation. The report uncovers new information on growing death rates, the cost of the disease, and the burden placed on long-distance caregivers. Here are some quick facts:
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.
More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65.
One in every three seniors who dies in a given year has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided more than 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $220.2 billion.
Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer's disease - 3.2 million - are women.
In 2014, Alzheimer's will cost the nation $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
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and see the effect that Alzheimer's is having in Rhode Island.