New statistics released on Tuesday, March 19, from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association have found that both the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s Disease and the actual number of Alzheimer’s deaths increased significantly over the last decade.
According to new data released on Tuesday by the CDC, the risk of dying from degenerative brain disease in the U.S. rose 39 percent from 2000 to 2010 — even as the risk of death from cancer, heart disease and stroke declined significantly during the same ten-year period.
Also on Tuesday, the Alzheimer’s Association released a new report, based on the CDC’s data, which found that the actual number of deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease were up 68 percent over the same period.
Here are some “quick facts” released by the Alzheimer’s Association:
- “Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- In 2012, 15.4 million caregivers provided more then 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion.
- Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
- In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion. This number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.”
Watch a short video from the Alzheimer’s Association »
The full report issued March 19, 2013 by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, is found on the Alzheimer’s Association website.
The new data brief issued March 19, 2013 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mortality From Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States: Data for 2000 and 2010, is found on the CDC’s website.
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