States Where Alzheimer’s Is Soaring

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15. California
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 33.3%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 12.1% (13th highest)
> Population 65+: 13.3% (6th lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 74.8% (19th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $30,503 (3rd highest)

California, the most populous state, had 12,644 deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, more than any other state. California has 1.6 million caregivers for Alzheimer’s, the most of any state. The number of people suffering from the disease is expected to climb to 840,000 by 2025, a 33.3% increase.

The average retirement income in California of $30,503 a year is third highest. Still, Medicaid spending on Alzheimer’s patients is expected to grow by 46.8% by 2025, well above the average increase of 37.1% expected nationwide.

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14. Montana
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 35.0%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.2% (19th lowest)
> Population 65+: 17.3% (5th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 78.4% (13th highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $24,060 (23rd highest)

Elderly residents comprise 17.3% of Montana’s population, the fifth highest share of all states. Relatively few, 11.2%, 65 and older individuals have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The 35% projected increase in the incidence of the disease by 2025 is higher than in most states but also roughly in line with the national average projection.

A number of states have implemented plans for tackling the Alzheimer’s issue. The official Montana Alzheimer’s disease plan seeks to expand access to person-centered care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their loved ones.

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13. Virginia
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 35.7%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.8% (19th highest)
> Population 65+: 14.2% (10th lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 76.9% (24th highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $30,085 (4th highest)

The incidence of Alzheimer’s in Virginia is expected to increase by 35.7% by 2025, a higher rate than in most states and slightly faster than the national average projection. Medicaid costs for caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease, however, are forecast to rise between much faster between 2017 and 2025 than the projected increase nationwide, at 48.7% versus 37.1%.

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12. Georgia
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 35.7%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 10.7% (10th lowest)
> Population 65+: 12.8% (4th lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 73.9% (16th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $24,461 (21st highest)

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Georgia will increase by 35.7% by 2025. For individuals between the ages of 75 and 84 the incidence will rise by 30% by 2025. Medicaid costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s are expected to soar from $1.05 billion in 2017 to $1.54 billion by 2025. This 48.7% increase is one of the largest of all states.

As is almost always the case in states where Alzheimer’s disease is soaring, the projected increase over the next decade in Georgia’s elderly population of approximately 30% is one of the highest in the nation.

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11. Texas
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 36.1%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.2% (18th lowest)
> Population 65+: 11.7% (3rd lowest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 73.2% (12th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $24,231 (22nd highest)

Texas had the second most deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease of any state, according to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014, at 6,772. Adjusted to the population, the Alzheimer’s mortality rate was slightly over 25 per 100,000 people, much lower than the nationwide disease mortality rate of 29.3 per 100,000 people.

It is interesting to note that while Texas is expected to have the 11th highest increase in Alzheimer’s cases, at 36.1%, it has the third smallest share of 65 and over population, at 11.7% of state residents.