The 2015 Facts and Figures report provides an in-depth look at the prevalence, incidence, morality and economic impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias - all of which continue to rise at staggering rates as the American population ages. Here are some quick facts:
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease in 2015. Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease will rise to 13.8 million by 2050.
Almost half a million (approx.473,000) people age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer's in the U.S. in 2015.
In 2014, 15.7 million caregivers provided more than 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $217.7 billion.
Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer's disease - 3.2 million - are women.
In 2015, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the nation $226 billion, including $153 billion in the cost to Medicare and Medicaid.
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