Alzheimer's by the Numbers


  • 35.6 million people suffer from dementia worldwide.
  • As much as 70% of dementia is due to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
  • By 2050, dementia cases are expected to triple to 115.4 million due to aging of the world population.
  • Only 8 countries currently have national programs in place to address dementia. 

In the United States...

  • 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s—double the number since 1980.
  • 16 million are expected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050.
  • Sixth leading cause of death among all adults; fifth leading cause among people 65 and older.
  • Deaths due to Alzheimer’s are increasing, while mortality rates for cancer and heart disease are decreasing.
  • In 2012, direct costs of care for Alzheimer’s patient is estimated to be $200 billion.
  • 1 in 7 Alzheimer’s patients live alone, increasing risk for accidents, malnutrition and other problems.
  • Research Pipeline: 312 therapies for Alzheimer’s disease are in clinical trials.

2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Research Pipeline: Citeline Pharma R&D Annual Review 2012

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