The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, will rise by at least 14% in all 50 states over the next eight years. However, the rate of increase will be higher in some states than others, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, placing greater financial stress on health care programs and boosting the need for caregivers.

Alaska is projected to have the biggest increase in Alzheimer’s cases, from 7,100 in 2015 to 11,000 in 2017, or a 54.9% jump. Arizona, Nevada, Vermont, and Utah round out the top five with projected increases of at least 40% each. Iowa is expected to have the lowest increase, from 64,000 to 73,000, or 14.1%.

26. Tennessee
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 27.3%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 10.8% (12th lowest)
> Population 65+: 15.4% (24th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 69.0% (7th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $21,884 (17th lowest)

There were 2,672 deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in Tennessee in 2014, a 161% increase from 2000. Alzheimer’s deaths that year amounted to about 41 deaths for every 100,000 people in the state, the sixth highest Alzheimer’s death rate of any state. While the number of state residents living with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase by 27.3% in the next eight years, slower than the national projected increase of nearly 35%, Medicaid costs related to the disease are projected to increase by 42.1%, significantly higher than the average projected increase of $37.1%.

24/7 reviewed the Alzheimer’s Association “2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report to find for each state the projected percentage increase in the number of people with Alzheimer’s over the next eight years. States in the West and Southeast are expected to have the largest percentage increases in the number of people with Alzheimer’s between 2017 and 2025.

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