House of Memories: Dementia Facts & Figures

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Release dated: 
September 20, 2018
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org or Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

House of Memories: Dementia Facts & Figures

As the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to increase, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia will grow. 

  • An estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s.
  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
  • One in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s.
  • By 2025, nearly 3 in 10 people age 65 and older will have Alzheimer’s.
  • African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia as older whites.
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia as older whites.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death in Minnesota.
  • 94,000 people in Minnesota have Alzheimer’s today.
  • By 2025, Minnesotans with Alzheimer’s will number 120,000, up 28 percent.
  • Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.

Despite the lack of therapies that slow or stop Alzheimer’s, studies have consistently shown that active management of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can improve quality of life for affected individuals and their caregivers. Active management includes participation in activities that are meaningful and bring purpose to one’s life.

This information was compiled from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimers Disease Facts and Figures report, the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership fact sheet (March 2017) and 2016 Minnesota Health Statistics report.