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Facts & Figures Report
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2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report

The Alzheimer's Association 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report - a compilation of national and state information on Alzheimer’s disease - is the most cited source covering the broad spectrum of Alzheimer’s issues and conveys the impact of the disease on individuals, families and the nation’s health care system.

In addition to prevalence, mortality, caregiving and cost information, this year's report offers a special section on disclosing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association explored how healthcare providers disclose an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. We learned that there is a significant difference in the way an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is disclosed to people with the disease or their families compared with diagnosis disclosure for other serious diseases, such as the four most common cancers.




  • The report found ONLY 45 percent of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer) or their caregivers say they were told their diagnosis.
  • These disturbingly low disclosure rates in Alzheimer’s are reminiscent of disclosure rates seen for cancer in 1950s and 1960s when mention of the word cancer was taboo.

Below are resources available as part of the 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report:

For media inquiries or to reach a local expert to discuss this topic, contact Melissa Kramer, Communications Director at mkramer@alz.org or 515.440.2722 x8209.


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