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: 21.3%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 13.3% (2nd highest)
> Population 65+: 15.7% (19th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 77.2% (20th highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $27,470 (10th highest)
The Alzheimer’s Association forecasts a 30.8% increase in Alzheimer’s-related Medicaid costs in Connecticut from 2017 to 2025. The number of people with the disease will climb 21.3% over the same period. Both increases are slightly lower than average changes across 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.