One in Three Elderly Have Dementia When They Die

March 22, 2013

A new study from the Alzheimer's Association shows that deaths from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have increased 68 percent from 2000 to 2010. The report also says that dementia is the second largest contributor to death after heart failure. The data for the study was collected from Medicare and Medicaid reports, says USA Today.

The report's findings include:

  • One in three seniors dies from a form of dementia.
  • Deaths from heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke have declined.
  • Dementia is the second largest contributor to death after heart failure.
  • Health care, long-term care and hospice care are expected to increase to $1.2 trillion by 2050 for patients age 65 and older.
  • Medicare costs for seniors with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are nearly three times higher than for seniors without any form of dementia.
  • Medicaid costs are 19 times higher for seniors with a form of dementia than for seniors without dementia.
  • Stress on caregivers is estimated to result in more than $9 billion in increased health care costs.
  • The number of Alzheimer's cases is expected to rise from 5.2 million to 13.8 million by 2050.

Source:  Janice Lloyd, "One in Three Elderly Have Dementia When They Die," USA Today, March 19, 2013.

 

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