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: 36.1%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.2% (18th lowest)
> Population 65+: 11.7% (3rd lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 73.2% (12th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $24,231 (22nd highest)
Texas had the second most deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease of any state, according to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014, at 6,772. Adjusted to the population, the Alzheimer’s mortality rate was slightly over 25 per 100,000 people, much lower than the nationwide disease mortality rate of 29.3 per 100,000 people.
It is interesting to note that while Texas is expected to have the 11th highest increase in Alzheimer’s cases, at 36.1%, it has the third smallest share of 65 and over population, at 11.7% of state residents.
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.