2020 Report Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures

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About this report

2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures is a statistical resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. Background and context for interpretation of the data are contained in the Overview. Additional sections address prevalence, mortality and morbidity, caregiving, and use and costs of health care and services. A Special Report examines primary care physicians’ experiences, exposure, training and attitudes in providing dementia care and steps that can be taken to ensure their future readiness for a growing number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Specific information in this year’s Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures includes:

  • Brain changes that occur with Alzheimer’s disease (page 5).
  • Risk factors for Alzheimer’s dementia (page 12).
  • Number of Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia nationally (page 18) and for each state (page 21).
  • Lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s dementia (page 22).
  • Proportion of women and men with Alzheimer’s and other dementias (page 22).
  • Number of deaths due to Alzheimer’s disease nationally (page 27) and for each state (page 29), and death rates by age (page 30).
  • Number of family caregivers, hours of care provided, and economic value of unpaid care nationally (page 33) and for each state (page 36).
  • The impact of caregiving on caregivers (page 37).
  • National cost of care for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including costs paid by Medicare and Medicaid and costs paid out of pocket (page 46).
  • Medicare payments for people with dementia compared with people without dementia (page 47).
  • Number of geriatricians needed by state in 2050 (page 65).

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