Special Report

States Where Alzheimer's Is Soaring

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50. North Dakota
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 6.7%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 14.6% (4th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 14.6% (8th lowest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,414 (7th lowest)

The number of North Dakota residents 65 and older with Alzherimer’s disease is projected to grow from 15,000 in 2020 to 16,000 in 2025, a 6.7% increase — the lowest of all 50 states. North Dakota’s population has a relatively low share of older residents, at 14.6% compared with 15.2% of Americans overall.

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48. Wisconsin (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 8.3%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.0% (10th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 16.0% (22nd highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,939 (13th lowest)

Wisconsin is one of just three states in which the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase by less than 10% between 2020 and 2025. Though the percentage of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase at a slower pace than the nationwide pace, it is already fairly high. Of all Wisconsin residents 65 and older, 13% have the disease, the 10th highest share in the nation.

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48. Missouri (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 8.3%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 12.2% (20th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 16.1% (20th highest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,936 (12th lowest)

Missouri is tied with Wisconsin for the second-lowest projected increase in the number of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease in the next five years, at 8.3%. Age is the biggest risk factor for the disease, as the vast majority of those diagnosed are 65 and older. Retired older adults in Missouri with the disease may struggle to afford care as the state’s average retirement income of just under $23,000 is one of the lowest in the nation.

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47. New Jersey
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 10.5%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.8% (2nd highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.5% (22nd lowest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $29,392 (12th highest)

New Jersey residents ages 65 and older are more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than those in all but one other state, with 13.8% living with the disease. This high percentage is projected to increase by 10.5% in the next five years, one of the lowest increases among states, growing from 190,000 in 2020 to 210,000 in 2025.

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46. Iowa
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 10.6%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 12.9% (12th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 16.4% (14th highest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $21,107 (4th lowest)

The number of adults 65 and older in Iowa with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase by 10.6% from 2020 to 2025 — the fifth lowest increase of all states. Iowa’s retirement income of $21,107 is lower than that of all but three other states, which may make it more difficult for those with Alzheimer’s disease to afford the care they need.

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