States Where Alzheimer’s Is Expected to Increase Significantly

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10. Utah
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 23.5% (from 34,000 to 42,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 10.8% — the lowest (total: 333,949)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 10.2% — 3rd lowest
> Avg. retirement income: $28,749 — 16th highest

Utah had 34,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2020. Partially because the state’s population of 65 and over is projected to grow by about 30% by 2030 to almost 17.0% of the population, Alzheimer’s cases in Utah are expected to grow by 23.5%, a rate of increase trailing just nine other states. The total Medicaid payments for Utah residents aged 65 and older living with the disease are expected to grow by 27.0% between 2020 and 2025, the seventh largest increase in the country, according to Alzheimer’s Association data.

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9. Florida
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 24.1% (from 580,000 to 720,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 20.1% — the highest (total: 4,205,428)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 13.8% — the highest
> Avg. retirement income: $29,073 — 15th highest

Florida has the largest share of elderly population of all states — one in every five residents are 65 or older. About 9.0% of the population is 75 and older, also the largest share of all states. As the state’s older population continues to age, the risk of Alzheimer’s, which increases with age, will also inevitably increase. The number of people with the disease is projected to increase by almost a quarter between 2020 and 2025 from 580,000 to 720,000.

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8. South Carolina
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 26.3% (from 95,000 to 120,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 17.2% — 10th highest (total: 863,558)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 11.0% — 14th lowest
> Avg. retirement income: $25,800 — 24th lowest

South Carolina has one of the highest Alzheimer’s death rates in the United States, at 45 deaths per 100,000 people, or a total of 2,323 deaths in 2019. About 860,000 people in the state are 65 and older, or 17.2% of the state’s population, one of the highest shares. About 11.0% of the older adult population lived with Alzheimer’s in 2020. The Alzheimer’s Association projects the number of 65 and over residents with the disease will increase by more than 26% by 2025.

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6. Virginia (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 26.7% (from 150,000 to 190,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 15.0% — 10th lowest (total: 1,271,946)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 11.8% — 22nd highest
> Avg. retirement income: $33,381 — 4th highest

Age increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s — the risk doubles every five years after 65. The number of people 65 and over with Alzheimer’s in Virginia is expected to increase by 26.7% by 2025, a higher rate than in most states and higher than the national projected increase of 18.5%. The state’s share of residents who are 65 and older is expected to increase to 19% by 2030, according to the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

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6. Georgia (tied)
> Projected increase in adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s disease, 2020-2025: 26.7% (from 150,000 to 190,000)
> Pct. of population 65+: 13.5% — 4th lowest (total: 1,406,485)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s disease: 10.7% — 7th lowest
> Avg. retirement income: $27,580 — 20th highest

Though the share of Georgia’s population aged 65 and over is relatively low, the proportion of state residents 60 and older is growing faster than any other age group of the population, according to the U.S. Census. By 2030, one in five residents will be 60 or older. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Georgia is projected to increase by 26.7%, more than all but five states, from 150,000 in 2020 to 190,000 in 2025. In 2019, the disease killed 4,221 people, or 40 per 100,000 residents. The U.S. Alzhemer’s mortality rate is 37 per 100,000 people.