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As we celebrate Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month in June, we'd like to thank Governor McMaster for issuing a proclamation and for lighting the Governor's Mansion in purple! Get involved by going purple this month! Learn more at alz.org/abam.

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in South Carolina

Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age

Year 65-74 75-84 85+ TOTAL
* Totals may not add due to rounding
2020 18,000 43,000 35,000 95,000
2025 20,000 56,000 40,000 120,000

Percentage change from 2020

Medicaid

$652

MILLION

Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)

25.4%

change in costs from 2020 to 2025


Medicare

$23,917

per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)


HOSPICE (2017)

6,038

#

of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


20%

of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Geriatricians

66

Number of geriatricians in 2019


336%

increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)

1,564

#

of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


21.4%

dementia patient hospital readmission rate


21.3%

increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007

Caregiving

318 Thousand

Number of Caregivers



362 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care



$4.75 Billion

Total Value of Unpaid Care


Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

2,616 total deaths in South Carolina
6th leading cause of death in South Carolina
5th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America
199% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000

For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.

U.S. Statistics

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and as many as 13.8 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $305 billion in 2020, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly 1 in 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.



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