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: 22.9%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 10.4% (7th lowest)
> Population 65+: 15.2% (25th lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 68.7% (6th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $21,578 (16th lowest)
There were 1,523 deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in Kentucky in 2014, or 34.5 for every 100,000 people, higher than the national Alzheimer’s mortality rate of 29.3 per 100,000 people. Just over 10% of Kentucky’s 65 and over population has Alzheimer’s, the seventh lowest percentage of all states. Compared with states where relatively few elderly have the disease, Kentucky does better than most in providing care for Alzheimer’s patients. There are 3.9 caregivers per person with Alzheimer’s, the fifth highest ratio of all 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.