The Alzheimer’s Association released it’s 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. Lots of good information in it, including a section on the toll/cost of the disease on caregivers. Take a look and share this link with anyone who may be affected by Alzheimer’s.
Some interesting statistics from the report:
- 1 in 9 people age 65 or older has Alzheimer’s Disease
- 5.4 million people in the U.S. (of all ages) have Alzheimer’s Disease
- In Minnesota, it is estimated 91,000 people have Alzheimer’s in 2016. This number is projected to grow to 120,000 in 2025. (See page 20 of the report for a breakdown of all the states)
- Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s
- 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia
- In 2015, the family and unpaid caregivers provided 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care (21.9 hours of care per caregiver per week)
- Caregivers spend an average of $5,155 of their own money (out of pocket) per year to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s. This is in addition to the unpaid care they provide.
- 27% of Caregivers had to reduce hours at work, in order to care for their loved one. On average, this resulted in a $15,194 income loss compared to the previous year.