Special Report

States Where Alzheimer's Is Soaring

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45. South Dakota
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 11.1%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.2% (8th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.8% (23rd highest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,949 (14th lowest)

The number of residents aged 65 and over with Alzheimer’s disease in South Dakota is projected to increase by 11.1% from 2020 to 2025, nearly half of the nearly 22% projected increase across the entire country during that time. South Dakota reported 49.5 Alzheimer’s deaths per every 100,000 residents, compared with 37.3 per 100,000 residents nationwide.

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44. New York
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 12.2%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.4% (7th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.6% (25th lowest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $28,623 (14th highest)

Though New York has the seventh highest percentage of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease among states, at 13.4%, it has one of the lowest mortality rates from the disease in the country. New York reported 19.2 deaths from Alzheimer’s disease per 100,000 people in 2018, almost half of the 37.3 Alzheimer’s deaths per 100,000 residents nationwide.

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43. Rhode Island
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 12.5%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.8% (3rd highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 16.5% (13th highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $26,669 (20th highest)

Rhode Island has the third highest share of adults 65 and older who already have Alzheimer’s disease, at 13.8%. The share of older residents in the state is relatively large — 16.5% are 65 and older, and 7.3% are 75 and older, the 13th and seventh highest rates, respectively. From 2020 to 2025, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase by 12.5%, to 27,000 total people.

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42. Kansas
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 12.7%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 12.6% (16th highest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.1% (20th lowest – tied)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,008 (5th lowest)

The number of Kansas residents 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase by 12.7%, well below the estimated 22% increase across the country. Though Kansas has one of the higher shares of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, it has a relatively low mortality rate from the disease, at 30.9 Alzheimer’s deaths per 100,000 residents — the 12th lowest among all states.

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41. West Virginia
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 12.8%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 11.3% (12th lowest)
> Pct. of population 65+: 18.8% (3rd highest)
> Avg. retirement income: $19,311 (the lowest)

Despite the fact that West Virginia has the third highest share of residents who are 65 and older, it has the 10th lowest projected increase in older residents with Alzheimer’s disease from 2020 to 2025, at 12.8%. West Virginia residents may have a harder time affording Alzheimer’s care, as the state’s average retirement income of $19,311 is the lowest of any U.S. state.

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