The number of Americans projected to have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is expected to double by 2060, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2014, 5 million people in the United States had Alzheimer’s or dementia. By 2060, that number will grow to 13.9 million, the CDC estimates.
The CDC study, which is the first to forecast Alzheimer’s and dementia by race and ethnicity, found non-Hispanic whites will have the most total cases. However, due to population growth, Hispanic Americans will see the largest projected increase in cases.
“Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield.
Among people who are 65 and older, African-Americans have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer’s and dementias at 13.8%, followed by Hispanics (12.2%), and non-Hispanic whites (10.3%).
By 2060, researchers estimate 3.2 million Hispanics and 2.2 million African-Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The odds of being diagnosed with dementia go up as more and more people survive other diseases and grow older, according to the CDC.