Alzheimer’s disease is becoming ever more common as our population ages, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association there are an estimated 170,000 cases in New Jersey. As our population continues to age, the organization estimates that number will grow to 210,000 by 2025, which would be a 23.5 percent increase. Nationally, an estimated 5.2 million suffer from the disease.
More women have Alzheimer’s disease than men — by a ratio of approximately 2:1.
Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is fatal, although some patients can have it for 20 years or more. In 2010, 1,878 New Jerseyans died as a result of Alzheimer’s.