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Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures
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Alzheimer's Association 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Quick Facts:

  • Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.
  • Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease.
  • Between 2000 and 2015 deaths from heart disease have decreased by 11% while deaths from Alzheimer's disease have increased by 123%.
  • In 2017 more than 16.1 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care for those with Alzheimer's or other dementias, valued at more than $232 billion.
  • Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
  • Alzheimer's disease kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.

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Michigan Statistics:

  • 180,000 people in Michigan aged 65 or older have Alzheimer's.
  • There are about 514,000 caregivers in our state.
  • These caregivers are providing 586 million hours of unpaid care.
  • These unpaid care hours are valued at nearly $7.4 billion.
  • $363 million are spent for higher health costs of these caregivers.
  • There were 3,771 deaths from Alzheimer's disease in 2015, a 129% increase since 2000.

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