Our communities must ACT because:
- One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease.
- About one-third of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer's disease.
- The annual number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to double by 2050.
- Young onset Alzheimer’s, occurring in people under age 65, is also on the rise.
- Older African-Americans and Hispanics are proportionately more likely than older whites to have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
As more and more Minnesotans live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, the costs and challenges can be overwhelming for them, their families, our communities and our state.
- The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $226 billion in 2015, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today’s dollars) by 2050.
- Many individuals with Alzheimer’s live alone and are at greater risk for inadequate self-care, malnutrition, untreated medical conditions, falls, wandering and accidental deaths.
- Nearly 250,000 Minnesotans care for family members with Alzheimer’s disease. These caregivers provide 282 million hours of unpaid care, valued at $3.4 billion yearly.
- The physical and emotional impact on caregivers results in $9.7 billion in increased health care costs annually, including $167 million for Minnesota caregivers.
Right now, significant work is happening throughout our state in areas such as detection and management of Alzheimer’s disease, research in reducing the economic impacts of the disease, equipping communities to prepare,supporting caregivers and recognizing cultural diversity. Community by community, we can create a supportive environment for everyone touched by this disease.