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Dementia in the United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

January 8th, 2014

Using information obtained from the Alzheimer’s Association, we have gathered some recent and startling information about Dementia today in the U.S.  We have chosen to focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and have simplified it into an infographic of our own. You will also find a graph of the estimated total population in 2020 by state who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ages 65 and older. We chose to dig deeper into the statistics of California since many of our readers are here in California. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions for future infographics in the comments section below and help us share this infographic to continue to spread awareness about this condition!


Dementia In The United States – Key Facts:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of Dementia.
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • One of nine people have this disease over the age of 65.
  • Americans provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s or some form of Dementia in 2012
  • In 2013, the estimated cost for the nation is $203 billion. This is expected to increase to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
  • An estimated 2.3 million are long-distance caregivers living an hour or more away.
  • One of three people die from Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of Dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • The estimated total population for 2020 in California with Alzheimer’s (ages 65 and older) is 560,000 seniors. This is the largest projected population size out of all 50 states.
  • In California specifically:
      • Alzheimer’s is the 5th leading cause of death.
      • There are 10,856 deaths due to Alzheimer’s in 2010.
      • There has been an 146% increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000.
      • There will be a substantial increase in seniors (65 and older) who have Alzheimer’s from 2000 to 2025.


  1. BetsyAppleby Rn January 10, 2014

    Interesting stats. I think that keeping busy & excerise helps .

  2. Alan Holbrook January 17, 2014

    I continue to be very frustrated when I encounter organization such as yours, that conceivably have influence in the dementia environment as educators, perpetuate by your content the idea that Alzheimer’s is solely a disease of the elderly. If five million people in the US have Alzheimer’s disease, then as many as 500,000 of them are below the magical age of 65. Is 500,000 a huge number? Well, there are 254 US cities with a population smaller than that. Is it a devastating number to someone in their 40′s or 50′s who is diagnosed? If my wife, who was diagnosed in her 50′s, is any indicator, and if our family who watched her wither and die is any indicator, then the answer is yes.

    There is evidence that the number of Younger Onset sufferers is increasing. Please don’t do them the disservice of not recognizing them as you do important and admirable work exposing the horrors of AD in our seniors.

  3. John S. January 18, 2014

    I completely agree with Alan. I was diagnosed with FTD to start with at age 48 and now believed to have atypical Alzheimer’s Disease which is what took my father’s life. I am part of an online community of people living with dementia and a high percentage of them are under 65. One person I know was diagnosed in her early 30′s! It is incredibly insulting to see the stereotype perpetuated that you have to be elderly to have dementia just because the majority of those living with it are elderly. We need enlightenment, not simply repeating the same old things in new ways. I also know of doctors telling some people that they couldn’t have dementia because of their age or rate of progression which are both irrelevant to the discussion. Even some of the medical professionals believe in these stereotypes.

  4. Truthful Kindness January 18, 2014

    I am 55yo, also an early-onset patient. You imply this is only a disease of those 65 and older. WRONG! (and yes; this is my legal name)

  5. John S. January 18, 2014

    I would also add that some figures I have seen suggest that Alzheimer’s makes up about 60% of Dementia cases but there are somewhere near 100 different types of Dementia so never even mentioning the rest is also a disservice. FTD is thought to be the second most prevalent Dementia and it is primarily a disease of those UNDER 65, in fact after 65 your chances start to keep dropping of being diagnosed with this form of Dementia. (given that so much is still unknown and at least 4 different dementias are currently lumped under FTD)

  6. Steve P January 18, 2014

    I agree with everything stated above and would like to add that there are 2.2 million Americans that are un-diagnosed at this time due to lack of insurance, lack of proper screening, and just plain denial. Of those it is thought that 40% are under the age of 65. So that just goes to show that your numbers are wrong. It is time that we change the stigma’s associated with Dementia and get the true facts out there. I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 48. I have been advocating for all of us living with Dementia since being diagnosed. It is sights like this that keep us from bringing change to the general public.


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