Alzheimer’s disease places an enormous psychological and emotional burden on patients and caregivers; it also places tremendous financial strain on families and healthcare systems.

The Cost of Alzheimer’s disease

  • According to the 2017 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures Report, the total cost in the United States associated with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017 was estimated at $259 billion
  • Medicare and Medicaid paid for $175 billion of those costs
  • Out-of-pocket spending by patients and their caregivers paid for the remaining $84 billion.
  • “The average annual out-of-pocket costs (to care) for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are nearly five times higher than costs for people without those conditions ($10,315 versus $2,232)”
  • And, health care costs increase with the presence of dementia

Other statistics include:


  • People with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias have twice as many hospital stays per year as people of the same age. Those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias who receive medicare benefits are more likely than those without dementia to have other chronic conditions.
  • Total per-person health care and long-term care payments in 2016 for Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias were over three times as great as payments for other Medicare beneficiaries.

“Recent studies show that the cost of caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has surpassed the cost of treatment for cancer patients or victims of heart disease. And these costs are virtually certain to go up. While the deaths from some cancers and heart disease are declining, the number of Alzheimer’s cases continues to increase every year as the population grows older.”

These costs have been growing steadily-and will continue to increase as the Baby Boomer population ages.