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2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released

The Alzheimer's Association released its 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report this week. Published annually, the newest release reveals current trends in Alzheimer's prevalence, mortality and morbidity, the burden on caregivers and the astronomical costs of health care and services.
 
Here are a few highlights on the impact of Alzheimer's disease in the United States:
 
· More Americans than ever — an estimated 5.8 million — are living with Alzheimer's, and this number is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2050.
 
· Total payments for health care, long-term care and hospice for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias are projected to increase from $290 billion in 2019 to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050.
 
· In 2018, more than 16 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at nearly $234 billion — an increase of $2 billion compared to last year.
 
· 82 percent of seniors say it's important to have their thinking or memory checked, but only 16 percent say they receive regular cognitive assessment.
 
· Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease.
 
· Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
 
To see the impact in Maine, please see the fact sheet attached to today's MHCA E-News.
 
Staff Contact: Nadine Grosso, Vice President & Director of Communications, ngrosso@mehca.org