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Rate of Alzheimer's disease deaths jumped 54 pct. in 15 years, CDC finds

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in 15 years, CDC finds.

The rate of deaths related to Alzheimer's disease jumped by 54.5 percent over 15 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were 93,541 deaths related to Alzheimer's disease in 2014, a rate of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 44,536 deaths in 1999, a rate of 16.5 death per 100,000 people, according to the report.

CDC researchers did not study why there was in an increase but reported one likely factor is that more people were surviving to old age.

They found from 1999 to 2005 the greatest increase in mortality rate related to Alzheimer's disease was in people over the age of 85.

Fargo said he was dismayed to see in the report that 24.9 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease were dying at home rather than in a medical facility.

Fargo said providing that level of care can take a severe toll emotionally and physically.

The CDC estimates caregivers provided 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care to dementia patients in 2015.

The CDC researchers point out that increasing rates of Alzheimer's disease will mean more people need support to care and treat these patients.


Author: Gillian Mohney

Source: abcnews.go.com

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