2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released its 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. This annual compilation of national statistics and information, which is the most-cited source covering issues related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, provides an in-depth look at the increasing prevalence, incidence, mortality and economic impact of the disease.

In addition, 2016 Facts and Figures features a special report on how the costs of dementia impact care contributors — people who provide care or financial support to an individual with Alzheimer’s on an ongoing basis. The report reveals that:

  • Care contributors were 28 percent more likely to eat less or go hungry.
  • One-fifth of care contributors sacrificed their own medical care by cutting back on doctor visits.
  • Nearly half of care contributors cut back on their own expenses to afford dementia-related care for their family member or friend.
  • More than one-third of care contributors lost income as a result of having to reduce their work hours or stop working altogether in order to meet care-giving demands.

2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures