Research is beginning to uncover the impact of Alzheimer's disease among Hispanics. According to the Alzheimer's Association 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.
- Hispanics have a higher rate of Alzheimer's than whites to have Alzheimer's and dementia.
- Hispanics/Latinos face a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias because (like the general population in the United States) they are living longer but have higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors.
- Risk factors for vascular disease — mainly diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — may also be risk factors for Alzheimer's and stroke-related dementia. Latinos in the United States have higher rates of diabetes, putting them at greater risk for developing Alzheimer's.
- Hispanics are the fastest-growing population in the United States. During the first half of the 21st century, the number of Hispanic elders with Alzheimer's and related dementias could increase more than six-fold, from fewer than 200,000 today to as many as 1.3 million by 2050.
- Latino life expectancy will increase to age 87 by 2050, surpassing all other ethnic groups in the United States.
Read the 2018 Facts and Figures Report