The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report was released Tuesday, March 20 and includes important, updated findings related to the individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their afflicted families in Nevada.

This year’s report reveals that for the second consecutive year, the total national cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s is projected to surpass a quarter of a trillion dollars ($277 billion), an increase of nearly $20 billion since last year alone. In Nevada, the Medicaid costs to care for people with Alzheimer’s are expected to amount to $178 million in 2018. This cost is expected to grow by 53.5% percent over the next seven years (by 2025).

In addition to increased costs, other findings from the report show:

•Increased prevalence – An estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018, including 45,000 in Nevada.

•Increased incidence – The annual number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to double by 2050 if a treatment is not found. In Nevada, the report projects a 42.2% growth in the number of people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

•Alzheimer’s deaths have more than doubled in the last 15 years while deaths from other major illnesses and medical conditions, such as heart disease, have significantly decreased. In Nevada, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have grown 348% since 2000.

•Burden on Alzheimer’s caregivers continues to grow. In 2017, more than 16 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in the form of physical, emotional and financial support – a contribution to the nation valued at $232.1 billion.
In Nevada, 149,000 caregivers provided a total of 169 million hours of unpaid care, valued at a total of $2.1 billion. The difficulties associated with providing this level of care are estimated to have resulted in $87 million in additional healthcare costs for dementia caregivers in 2017.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and in Nevada, and it’s the only one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss story angles. To shed additional light on these findings, I would be happy to arrange an interview with Niki Rubarth, Regional Director.

Thank you for your continued support, partnership and commitment to helping The Alzheimer’s Association achieve its vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. We work toward this goal in many ways, including increasing awareness and raising funds.

This year, the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern Nevada will be participating in our national fundraising event called The Longest Day (TLD).

On Thursday, June 21 (or as close to that day as possible) people across the country will turn something they love into an event to raise awareness and funds which allow us to provide and enhance care and support for those living with the disease and to advance research toward a disease altering treatment..

Since it is difficult for our rural and frontier supporters to participate in person at the annual Reno/Sparks Walk to End Alzheimer’s, we thought TLD could be a great way to get involved.

We are looking for one person from each of our rural/frontier counties to be our local representative.

The commitment would include talking with our volunteer coordinator a few times, recruiting at least one person to start a TLD team or host an event and having fun.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in coordinating TLD in your area, or if you have questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator: William Palmer, william.palmer@edwardjones.com