2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Preliminary data indicate that there were at least forty-two thousand more deaths from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in the United States in 2020 compared with the average over the previous five years, a report from the Alzheimer's Association finds. The report, 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures (108 pages, PDF), found that 11.3 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's, including 18.6 percent of African-Americans, 14 percent of Latinx Americans, and 10 percent of white Americans; that nearly two-thirds of Alzheimer's patients are women; that 61 percent of 70-year-olds with Alzheimer's are expected to die before the age of 80, compared with 30 percent of those not suffering from Alzheimer's; and that families bear 70 percent of the total lifetime cost of caring for someone with dementia — either through out-of-pocket health and long-term care expenses or from the value of unpaid care. The report also includes a special section on "Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's in America" highlighting how people of color continue to face barriers to healthcare access and disparities in health outcomes. According to the report, Black and Latinx Americans are more likely to have dementia but less likely to be diagnosed, while 63 percent of Native Americans, 61 percent of Black Americans, 56 percent of Latinx Americans, and 43 percent of Asian Americans report experiencing discrimination when trying to navigate a healthcare setting for a family member with dementia.