The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, will rise by at least 14% in all 50 states over the next eight years. However, the rate of increase will be higher in some states than others, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, placing greater financial stress on health care programs and boosting the need for caregivers.

Alaska is projected to have the biggest increase in Alzheimer’s cases, from 7,100 in 2015 to 11,000 in 2017, or a 54.9% jump. Arizona, Nevada, Vermont, and Utah round out the top five with projected increases of at least 40% each. Iowa is expected to have the lowest increase, from 64,000 to 73,000, or 14.1%.

32. Alabama
> Increase in Alzheimer’s, 2017-2025: 22.2%
> Pct. of 65+ pop. with Alzheimer’s: 11.8% (17th highest)
> Population 65+: 15.7% (20th highest)
> Pct. of 65+ pop. in good health: 67.9% (4th lowest)
> Avg. retirement income: $22,749 (21st lowest)

In Alabama, 1,885 deaths were attributed to Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, more than double the Alzheimer’s deaths in 2000. As the number of people with Alzheimer’s in the state climbs by 22.2% over the next eight years, Medicaid spending on elderly state residents with the disease will go up 37%, in line with the average growth expected nationwide.

24/7 reviewed the Alzheimer’s Association “2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report to find for each state the projected percentage increase in the number of people with Alzheimer’s over the next eight years. States in the West and Southeast are expected to have the largest percentage increases in the number of people with Alzheimer’s between 2017 and 2025.

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