The Alzheimer’s Association has issued a new report indicating that one in every three people over age 65 dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States Alzheimer’s is the sixth most common cause of death.
When older people die with Alzheimer’s, that does not necessarily mean that Alzheimer’s is the cause of death, but having the disease or another form of dementia can hasten their decline by creating obstacles to their care for other ailments.
The Alzheimer’s Association also said that among 70-year-olds without the disease, only 30 percent will die before their 80th birthday, but among people with Alzheimer’s the rate is 61 percent.
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia affects 5.2 million Americans, and that number is expected to rise to 13.8 million by 2050.
The report calls for more research on Alzheimer’s and better support for families affected by it.
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