2017 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures

5.5 Million people have the disease.  That translates to 1 out of 10 people over 65 years old with the greatest prevalence afflicting those between the ages of 75 and 84.  

This year, 390,000 New Yorkers have the disease.  It is anticipated that New York will see some of the most modest growth of the disease, but that growth will still put 460,000 New Yorkers facing Alzheimer’s by 2025.  

Between 2000 and 2014 deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s have risen 89 while deaths attributed to cancer, heart disease and stroke have all gone down!

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Alzheimer’s, is its effect on caregivers.  Over 15,000,000 unpaid caregivers will provide unpaid care to an Alzheimer’s patient this year.  Over half (57%) of those caregivers have been providing care for 4 or more years!  These caregiver’s provide, on average 21 hours of care per week, which is estimated to have an economic value of over two hundred thirty BILLION dollars ($230,000,000,000.00).  

“As symptoms worsen, the care required of family members can result in increased emotional stress and depression; new or exacerbated health problems; and depleted income and finances due in part to disruptions in employment and paying for health care or other services for themselves and their care recipients.” Pg. 37. 

Depression:   30-40%
Anxiety: 44% 
Deterioration of physical health:   35%
Unable to maintain previous level of employment   49%
Resulting Reports of “High Stress”   59%

There is a general lack of knowledge about Medicaid coverage and long-term care. In a survey about the financial impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias on families, 36 percent of respondents mistakenly believed that Medicaid was long-term care insurance.  Pg. 56

If you or a loved one is either suffering from, or giving care to someone with Alzheimer’s disease, we are here to provide you the education you need to eliminate this lack of knowledge.  We can help you access resources to restore both your quality of life and that of the ones you love.  

Call us today in the Syracuse, Manlius, or Central New York Area at (315) 422-6666.  

Remember, we’re here to help you live your life, leave your legacy and do it all while giving you the peace of mind you deserve.  Contact us today! 

Here’s a link to the full report:  https://alz.org/documents_custom/2017-facts-and-figures.pdf