Alzheimer’s population hits a new peak in Colorado

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2020 Facts and Figures report, 76,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s in Colorado. This is a 4.1% increase over the last year. An additional 256,000 Coloradans voluntarily provided 292 million hours of unpaid care for their loved ones.

Some key findings of the 2020 report include:

  • A shortage of trained physicians (85% of people were diagnosed with dementia by a non-dementia specialist)
  • The number of Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s disease will reach 92,000 by 2025
  • Colorado will be a 225% increase in geriatricians by 2050, in order to serve just 100% of state residents 65 and over, expected to be living with Alzheimer’s.
  • Nationwide, 5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s over the age of 65 (this number does not include individuals living with onset Alzheimer’s)

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Associations; research or donation opportunities, visit: https://www.alz.org/

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