Alzheimer’s Facilities Across the U.S.

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Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States for people of any age, and the fifth leading cause of death for those over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s facilities across the nation specialize in providing superior memory care to sufferers of all ages, including the typical aging population, as well as more rare early-onset Alzheimer’s patients.

National Alzheimer’s Statistics*

Nationally, Alzheimer’s costs the U.S. over $172 billion annually in medical costs, caregiving costs, and the lost wages of 10.9 million unpaid caregivers. Of those caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, over 40 percent labeled their stress level as high or very high, compared with 28 percent of caregivers for other end-of-life issues. In addition, over one-third of unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are clinically depressed. Clearly, caring for cognitively impaired relatives is taxing and stressful.

The national prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease for people over the age of 71 is 14 percent, and prevalence increases as age increases. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is projected to rise, especially in the “oldest-old" category, particularly because the number of people aged 85 and older should increase dramatically.

As the senior population grows in the coming years, the growth of the Alzheimer’s community will grow with it. Existing Alzheimer’s facilities will need to grow, and new Alzheimer’s facilities will need to be founded in order to take care of the number of projected new Alzheimer’s patients. It is estimated that the prevalence of qualified Alzheimer’s facilities will need to as much as quadruple by 2030, when all Baby Boomers are over the age of 65.

Regional Alzheimer’s Statistics

Regional differences in Alzheimer’s statistics and projections say more about the number of Baby Boomers projected to reside in those areas than about any increased chances of developing the disease based on surroundings. Nevertheless, being aware of differences in regional Alzheimer’s statistics can help you determine the best locations in which to search for Alzheimer’s facilities.

The Alzheimer’s Association projected the change in instances of Alzheimer’s disease regionally between 2000 and 2025. During that time period, the Northwest is projected to increase by about 100 percent, and the southern coastal states should increase by an average of 65 percent, while the Midwest and northeastern states are supposed to increase by zero to 48 percent. Alaska, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming are projected to see the highest growth in their Alzheimer’s statistics.

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s & Familial Inheritance

Of the 5.3 million people in America with Alzheimer’s disease, 200,000 of them are under the age of 65. Those individuals are considered to have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The vast majority of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is made up of people in their 50s and 60s, with a very minuscule percentage of adults in their 30s and 40s experiencing the disease.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be more genetically related than other forms of Alzheimer’s. Some studies found a 50 percent chance of inheritance of some mutated genes that cause early-onset Alzheimer’s.* However, evidence of genetic factors as well as more sporadic non-genetic factors in early-onset Alzheimer’s means that just because an older relative had early-onset Alzheimer’s, there is still very little evidence that you will develop the disease as well.

Locating Quality Alzheimer’s Facilities Near You

No one wants their loved one to experience the difficulties of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. After diagnosis, it often claims the sufferer’s life within seven years. As a close friend or family member of the affected individual, you can help make his remaining years as happy and healthy as possible by getting him the best care available. Instead of opting for a high-stress life of caregiving with a strong possibility of developing depression, look into Alzheimer’s facilities that will take great care of your loved one, right near your home.

All of the Alzheimer’s facilities recommended by our elder care advisors are high-quality, registered memory care facilities. If your loved one is starting to experience Alzheimer’s symptoms, start your search now by filling out the search box at the top of this page or calling us to speak with an experienced counselor, free of charge.

* Sources:
2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook. Howard Gruetzner, 2001.