March 16, 2022

New report shows Alzheimer's Disease is on the rise in Arizona

The Alzheimer’s Association predicts 200,000 cases statewide by the end of 2025

nova_alzheimers_stopped_spot Lab Technician prepares a patient for a PET scan. The scan will help determine if his brain contains amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease

The Alzheimer’s Association has released its 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. This year, it shows Arizona with a high growth rate of the disease.

The report provides an in-depth look at the latest national and state statistics on Alzheimer’s disease - the number of cases, mortality rates, the costs of care, and the impact on unpaid caregivers.

It says 150-thousand Arizonans aged 65 or older have Alzheimer's and it predicts that will grow to 200,000 by the end of 2025.

The report also says there are nearly 260-thousand of unpaid family caregivers statewide – two-thirds are women - and they have provided more than 500-million hours of care.

Although they were unpaid, the report puts the monetary value of the care they provided at more than 9.5 billion dollars.

The report also examined the impact the COVID-19 pandemic. In Arizona there were more than 1500 more deaths from Alzheimer’s and dementia in 2020 compared to previous averages – more than a 30 percent increase.

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