Dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders, is a chronic condition affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities severely enough to impair daily life. Over time, dementia limits a person’s ability to function independently. Not only does dementia take an emotional toll, caring for a person living with dementia is more expensive and time-consuming for families than other conditions common at older ages.
In this Fact Sheet, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) summarizes the latest demographic research on U.S. dementia trends supported by the National Institute on Aging. PRB distills key findings to help policymakers and public health professionals plan for an aging population.
Read more: Fact Sheet: U.S. Dementia Trends.