We know the places with the highest rates of brain cancer and the states with the most skin cancer cases. Now we’re looking at another disease. Alzheimer’s disease is already one of the worst afflictions we can imagine, and it’s getting worse. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s in 2018, but that number could swell to 14 million by 2050. Every 65 seconds, a person in the United States develops the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Doctors in these states are diagnosing more Alzheimer’s cases than ever before, and these locations have the largest projected percentage increases through 2025.
If you live in one of these states, it doesn’t mean you’re more like to develop Alzheimer’s. It’s just that doctors there make a larger number of diagnoses than their colleagues in other states. (The state at No. 7 is actually one of the best states for aging people).
Projected increase 2018-2025: 29.6%
Population: 5.60 million
Colorado has some of the healthiest retirees in the United States, but that’s only physical health. Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate, and the state projects to have nearly 30% more cases by 2025. The numbers of Alzheimer’s cases could increase from 71,000 to 92,000.
Next: A state similar to Colorado in one way.