One in three seniors in the USA dies with Alzheimer’s or some other dementia, according to a new report published by The Alzheimer’s Association. While deaths from heart disease and other major diseases decline, deaths from Alzheimer’s has risen 68% from 2000 to 2010.

Alzheimer’s diseasedementia

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

over half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes and reducing major risk factorsdepressiondiabeteshypertensionobesity

Facts and Figures 2013cancerheart disease

heart failure

  • …with Alzheimer’s disease – 61% will die within ten years
  • …without Alzheimer’s disease – 30% will die within ten years

US Health Authorities said an effective Alzheimer’s disease treatment must be available by 2025

The burden on patients, caregivers and their loved ones


More than half of all caregivers say they are “not very” or “not at all” able to communicate with their loved onesinsomnia

The burden on the country’s health care systemMedicareMedicaid

Below is a breakdown of health and long-term care services in the USA in 2013
  • $107 billion (53%) – Medicare
  • $35 billion (17%) – Medicaid
  • $34 billion (17%) – Out-of-Pocket Costs
  • $27 billion (13%) – Other Sources (Private Insurance, HMO, Uncompensated Care, and Managed Care Organizations)
  • $203 billion – Total

“Alzheimer’s disease steals everything – steadily, relentlessly, inevitably. With baby boomers reaching the age of elevated risk, we do not have time to do what we have always done. The National Institutes of Health needs to reset its priorities and focus its resources on the crisis at our doorstep, and Congress must fully fund implementation of the National Alzheimer’s Plan to solve the crisis.”

Long-Distance Caregiver“Facts and Figures 2013”