Blue Cross Plans Say Alzheimer’s Has Tripled Among Adults Ages 30 To 64

Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease jumped 200% among commercially insured Americans between the ages of 30 and 64 over a recent five-year period, a new analysis of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer claims shows.

The report, the latest from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, shows 131,000 people between the ages of “30 and 64 were diagnosed with either form of dementia” in 2017. The average age of someone “with either condition is 49 and women are disproportionately impacted than men,” the report, which is the latest in the trade group’s “The Health of America” series, shows.

In 2017, there were 12.6 diagnoses per 10,000 adults of either early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for commercially insured adults aged 30 to 64, the report said. That compares to 4.2 diagnoses per 10,000 adults of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease combined for the same 30 to 64 age group in 2013.

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