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: 38.5%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 13.2% (3rd highest)
> Population 65+: 19.5% (the highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 77.1% (22nd highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $25,845 (17th highest)
Florida’s elderly population will grow by approximately 25% by 2025, about average. But the state already has the largest share of elderly population of all states — nearly 1 in every 5 Florida residents are 65 or older. The state’s older residents will continue to age for many years, and the risk of Alzheimer’s, which is considerably more common among the oldest members of the nation’s elderly population, will also inevitably increase.
There were 510,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in Florida in 2017, and Medicaid costs for caring for people with the disease totaled $2.33 billion. Florida has 1.1 million caregivers, the third most in the nation.
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.