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Alzheimer's in South Carolina
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86,000 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s. That’s 11% of South Carolina’s seniors! By 2025, that number is projected to grow to 120,000 South Carolinians with Alzheimer’s.

Our state has the 8th highest Alzheimer's death rate in the United States, and our Medicaid cost to care for South Carolinians reached $544 million in 2017.

There are many ways to measure the impact of Alzheimer's disease on our state:

Alzheimer's Association 2017 Facts and Figures
The leading statistical resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. This report addresses prevalence, mortality and morbidity, caregiving, and use and costs of health care, long-term care and hospice.
View full Facts and Figures report or South Carolina state factsheet.

Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System
Each year, public health departments across the US conduct a survey called the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This data helps states understand the health issues that are most impacting their citizens. In 2015, we were fortunate to be able to include survey questions on cognitive impairment and on caregiving in South Carolina.
View SC Caregiving Factsheet and SC Cognitive Impairment Factsheet (plus infographic below)

South Carolina Alzheimer's Registry
The Alzheimer’s Disease Registry is a comprehensive statewide registry of SC residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). As the nation’s most comprehensive registry of its kind, the Alzheimer’s Disease Registry has maintained a record of diagnosed cases of ADRD in the state since 1988.
View the latest Alzheimer's Registry report.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.