Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association releases a report on the most up-to-date research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. This year’s report revealed the startling fact that while deaths from heart disease, HIV/AIDs and stroke are declining, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease continue to rise—increasing 68 percent during the decade of 2000 – 2010. Alzheimer’s is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and is a contributing factor to earlier death from other causes.
Alzheimer’s Association president Harry Johns said, “Unfortunately, today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, you either die from it or with it.” This means that in addition to the people who die as the result of Alzheimer’s, many more who die from another cause were also living with dementia by the end of their lives—one in three, according to Association statistics. Said Johns, “Urgent, meaningful action is necessary, particularly as more and more people age into greater risk for developing a disease that today has no cure and no way to slow or stop its progression.” For more information and to see the full report, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website. [link to: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp].
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