Posted March 20, 2008

• As many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s.

10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.

• Every 71 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s.

• Alzheimer’s is the seventh-leading cause of death.

• The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year.

These are just a few of the facts in the Alzheimer’s Associations newest report, 2008 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. You can click on that link to go to the page on their site where you can download the report in PDF format. The report is a comprehensive statistical abstract of U.S. data on Alzheimer’s disease that includes:

• prevalence 
• mortality
• the costs of Alzheimer care
• family caregiving
• a special report on lifetime risk

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