READ NOW: Alzheimer’s cases up 10% in past decade, affecting 5.8 million people in U.S.
Getting lost. Forgetting names. Changing personality. These are among the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known and prevalent form of dementia.
On this World Alzheimer’s Day Saturday, it is estimated that 5.8 million people are living with the disease in the U.S. alone, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 annual report. That’s a 10% increase from the figure the association published a decade ago.
The vast majority of those affected — 5.6 million people — are age 65 or older. Within six years, that number is projected to reach 7.1 million. Within three decades, it could reach 14 million, the association reported.
In Ohio, an estimated 220,000 residents age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.™ For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.