- 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