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: 22.2%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.5% (25th highest)
> Population 65+: 15.8% (18th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 77.7% (18th highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,429 (20th lowest)
In Michigan, 3,349 people died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, double the number of Alzheimer’s deaths in 2000. The state’s Alzheimer’s mortality rate of 34 deaths per 100,000 people is slightly higher than the comparable nationwide rate of 29 deaths per 100,000 Americans. Last August, researchers from various Michigan institutions announced they were getting $9 million in Alzheimer’s research grants over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health.
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.