Aging and Health in America
St. Francis Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center staff are specially trained in dementia care and are Certified Dementia Practioners (CDP'S).
Demographic changes create an urgent need
U.S. Population Is Aging. The current growth in the number and proportion of older adults in the United States is unprecedented in our nation’s history.
By 2030, when the last baby boomer turns 65, the demographic landscape of our nation will have changed significantly.
One of every five Americans—about 72 million people—will be an older adult.
The rapid aging of the U.S. population is being driven by two realities:
- Longer Life Spans
- Aging Baby Boomers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Aging and Health in America 2013. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2013.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. https://www.alz.org/facts/downloads/facts_figures_2015.pdf
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is also caused by other diseases and conditions. It is characterized by a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other cognitive skills that affects a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. The number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages.
Prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias in the United States
- An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. This number includes an estimated 5.1 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
- One in nine people age 65 and older (11 percent) has Alzheimer’s disease.
- About one-third of people age 85 and older (32 percent) have Alzheimer’s disease. Eighty-one percent of people who have Alzheimer’s disease are age 75 or older
- In the next ten years in Michigan, the projected number of adults with Alzhiemer's is expected to increase by 22.2% 1 in 3 seniors who die in a given year haven been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another Dementia (2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s & Dementia 2015;11(3)332+)