Texas has the second highest rate of Alzheimer’s in the country, according to a new report from A Place for Mom that analyzed census bureau data. Among Texas’ senior population, 13 percent have Alzheimer’s, causing 9,545 deaths each year statewide.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and its frequency grew 145 percent between 2000 and 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and around 11 percent of those over the age of 65 have the disease nationwide. In Texas, the annual costs for Medicare to treat Alzheimer’s disease is $29,184, about $3,000 higher than the national average.
Southern and Western states are seeing the highest rate of Alzheimer’s growth along with their growing senior populations. Around 11 percent of the nation’s seniors have Alzheimer’s, with 121,404 annual deaths nationwide. Over the next 10 years, there is a 35 percent projected growth rate for Alzheimer’s among seniors nationwide.