The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, will rise by at least 14% in all 50 states over the next eight years. However, the rate of increase will be higher in some states than others, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, placing greater financial stress on health care programs and boosting the need for caregivers.
Alaska is projected to have the biggest increase in Alzheimer’s cases, from 7,100 in 2015 to 11,000 in 2017, or a 54.9% jump. Arizona, Nevada, Vermont, and Utah round out the top five with projected increases of at least 40% each. Iowa is expected to have the lowest increase, from 64,000 to 73,000, or 14.1%.
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 25.0%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.5% (24th highest)
> Population 65+: 15.4% (25th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 78.6% (12th highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $27,438 (11th highest)
The Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, a collaboration of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, conducts extensive research, training, and outreach programs. Currently, annual Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease in Massachusetts are estimated at $1.6 billion. By 2025, the cost is projected to climb to roughly $2 billion.
24/7 reviewed the Alzheimer’s Association “2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report to find for each state the projected percentage increase in the number of people with Alzheimer’s over the next eight years. States in the West and Southeast are expected to have the largest percentage increases in the number of people with Alzheimer’s between 2017 and 2025.