- Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.
- 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.
- Symptoms usually begin after age 60, but Alzheimer’s disease likely starts a decade or more before problems first appear.
- Risk factors include aging, diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), smoking cigarettes, and a family history of dementia.
- Alzheimer’s death rates increased 55% and the number of Alzheimer’s deaths at home increased from 14% to 25% while deaths in institutional settings decreased, from 1999 to 2014.
- More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
- Currently, there is no cure. There are pharmaceutical options for managing symptoms and care planning.