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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis Increasing

  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's disease in 2013.
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  • An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer's disease in 2013. This includes an estimated 5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals younger than age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.
    The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will grow in the U.S. as the population age 65 and older continues to increase. "As the Baby Boomer generation grows older, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are becoming increasingly common in the Saint John Hospital Senior Behavioral Health Center," says Renee Azzouz, MSN, APRN, program director.
    According to the Alzheimer's Association, by 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million—a 40 percent increase from the 5 million age 65 and older currently affected. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease.
    In 2010, 825 deaths in the state of Kansas were attributed to Alzheimer's disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States overall and the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression. Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.
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