Alzheimer’s Disease in The United States, 2010


A meeting bringing together leading Alzheimer’s disease advocates, researchers, health and long-term care experts, and others to commemorate World Alzheimer’s Day, 2010.

  • There are 5.3 million people in America today suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • By 2050, the number of individuals aged 65 and
    older with Alzheimer’s is projected to number
    between 11 million and 16 million unless medical
    breakthroughs identify ways to prevent or more
    effectively treat the disease.
  • Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast cancer and prostate combined
  • It is progressive and fatal.
  • The worldwide cost of AD is in excess on 1% of world GDP.
  • $20 trillion total costs of treatment, over the next 40 years.
  • 11 million Alzheimer’s caregivers in the US.
  • Spousal caregivers take a big physical damage.
  • The U.S. is critically underfunding Alzheimer’s research.
  • There is no treatment that really slows Alzheimer’s, there is no cure.
  • We need make AD a priority
  • Fed Spending on Research
    • Cancer Research: $6 Billion
    • Heart Disease Research  $4 Billion
    • AIDS $3 Billion
    • Alzheimer’s $530 million.
  • If we don’t fix Alzheimer’s, how can we fix Medicare?
  • Medicare patients require 3 times as much money as comparable patients without the disease.
  • Medicaid spends 9 times as much on Alzheimer’s patients as it does comparable patients, because of long term care.
  • Curing Alzheimer’s is a moral obligation and makes fiscal sense too.

Download Alzheimer’s Association’s 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

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