Alarming trends

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2024 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals alarming trends demanding urgent attention. With the number of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s steadily rising, the impact on individuals, families, and the healthcare system is profound.

An estimated 6.9 million Americans aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s. In New Jersey alone, 185,300 people were living with the disease as of 2020.

The financial burden is staggering, projected at $360 billion nationwide, with 272,000 New Jersey caregivers contributing 494 million hours of care valued at $10.8 billion, facing their own health challenges.

Compounding these challenges is a shortage of dementia care specialists and direct care workers. States like New Jersey face critical shortages in healthcare professionals trained to support individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

It’s clear that comprehensive solutions are needed to address this crisis. Initiatives to increase funding for research, support caregiver respite programs, and expand access to dementia care specialists are essential. Additionally, standardized training in dementia care navigation is imperative to equip healthcare professionals with the skills needed to support those affected by Alzheimer’s.

As a society, we must prioritize action to confront the growing impact of Alzheimer’s disease. The future well-being of millions of Americans depends on our collective response to this urgent public health crisis. 

View the full report at and find support through the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

 Cheryl Ricci-Francione

Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter

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