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Alzheimer’s News June 2022

Event Date: 06/12/2022


Alzheimer’s News June 2022
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, so here are some facts and figures. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia is estimated to have totaled $355 billion in 2021, increasing to more than $1.1 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century. Dementia caregivers today are providing 20% more care than in 2009. In Missouri the prevalence of the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s looks like this: 2020 was 120,000. It is estimated to change to 130,000 by 2025, an 8.3% increase. Mortality: Dementia deaths during the COVID 19 pandemic. There were 1,037 more deaths than expected from dementia in 2020 which was 20% higher than average. The number of deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019 was 2,782, an increase of 153.8% since 2000 making it the 6th leading cause of death. Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s in 2020 was $973 million. That is expected to rise 16.8% by 2025. Based on 2020 statistics there were 194,000 caregivers. 64.1% of them had chronic health conditions. They provided 292,000,000 hours of unpaid care. 35.8% of caregivers experienced depression. Medicare is spending $25,091 per capita on people with dementia, in 2020 dollars.
You can learn more by going to or the Alzheimer’s Helpline which is accessible 24/7 via 800-272-3900 and staffed by master’s level clinicians to assist with crisis situations, decision making, and disease information. You can find virtual dementia caregiver resources online at Tools and support are also available in Spanish.
Want to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association and what they do here in St. Louis? Visit and/or contact PUCC’s Faith Outreach Ambassador with the Alzheimer’s Association, Joyce Ruiz at

Post Date: June 10, 2022


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