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: 18.2%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 12.0% (14th highest)
> Population 65+: 14.2% (12th lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 71.8% (11th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $27,638 (8th highest)
In Illinois, Medicaid costs to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease are forecast to rise 36.4% from 2017 to 2025 — slightly less than average. Every state will need to invest more resources in caring for Alzheimer’s patients in coming years. While Illinois is no exception, the state started addressing the disease many years ago. Illinois’ legislative package known as the “Alzheimer’s Initiative,” which is designed to advance research and treatment, was approved already back in 1985.
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.