Today, the Alzheimer’s Association released it’s 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures report. The report outlines both the financial and human impact of the disease to the nation, including:
- Over 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease, with another American developing the disease every 68 seconds; and
- The direct costs of Alzheimer’s to American society is $200 billion in 2012.
The report also provides state-specific data. Included in the California statistics were findings that:
- There were over 10,000 deaths due to Alzheimer’s disease in 2008;
- There has been a 9% increase in the disease since the year 2000;
- Of the nearly 260,000 nursing home residents, 38% – over 98,000 – have moderate to severe dementia.
These are but a sample of the critical findings from the report. The report is free and readily available online: