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: 53.8%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.6% (20th highest)
> Population 65+: 16.4% (10th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 76.4% (25th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $24,985 (19th highest)
Alzheimer’s disease was the eighth leading cause of death in Arizona, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The disease claimed 2,485 lives in Arizona in 2014, and when adjusted to the population the death rate from the disease amounts to 36.9 deaths per 100,000 people — the 11th highest Alzheimer’s mortality rate of all states. Arizona’s elderly population, which already comprises one of the largest shares of the population of all states, is projected to grow by approximately 29.1% by 2025, the 10th fastest pace compared to other states.
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.