In 2014 the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) among U.S. adults 65 years and older was estimated at 5 million, or 1.6 percent of the population. To estimate future prevalence, researchers examined a nationally representative sample of Medicare records, as well as Census Bureau population projections. The researchers took a novel approach by first calculating the prevalence of ADRD among 70 subgroups defined by sex, age, and racial and ethnic groups. Recent research has observed significant differences in the prevalence of ADRD among different racial groups. Based on their subgroup analysis, the study authors projected that the percentage of Americans with ADRD will double by 2060, to 3.3 percent of the population or 13.9 million older adults. This information can help guide planning for future interventions and caregiver support.
SOURCE: Alzheimer’s and Dementia, September 19, 2018
DATE Retrieved: September 21, 2018