The number of Americans living with dementia is growing rapidly, but so is the quest for better treatments.
- One in three older adults will develop some form of dementia during their lives. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause. Vascular disease, Lewy body and Parkinson’s disease also cause dementia.
- Today, about 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. As people live longer, experts expect that number to triple to 14 million by 2050.
- The older you are, the higher your risk; 38 percent of Americans over 85 have Alzheimer’s disease, compared to 15 percent of those age 65 to 74.
- Women account for almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease.
- The Food and Drug Administration has approved six drugs to slow Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, although none represents a cure.
- About 70 percent of people with dementia live at home and receive care from family or friends.