Facts & Figures
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects approximately 12,500 Alaskans and 5.8 million people in the US, and is the sixth-leading cause of death in adults.
Approximately 5.8 million people in the United States age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s disease. Of those, 80% are 75 years old and older. Out of the approximately 50 million people worldwide with dementia, between 60% and 70% are estimated to have Alzheimer’s disease. Men and women are affected almost equally.
Most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are older than age 65; however, Alzheimer’s can occur in people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.
Looking to the Future
Alaska is one of the fastest aging states in the nation. An aging population means an increase in a difficult diagnosis: Alzheimer’s Disease. Every person with Alzheimer’s Disease eventually requires round-the-clock care. Alaska is not prepared to meet this quietly encroaching epidemic.
The Alaska Dementia Action Collaborative is a coalition of public-private partners committed to preparing Alaska State for the growth of the dementia population.