U.S. Alzheimer’s death rates have risen by 54 percent

U.S. Alzheimer’s death rates have risen by 54 percent

U.S. Alzheimer’s death rates have risen by 54 percent, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The report shows that deaths from Alzheimer’s disease rose by over 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, and rates are expected to continue rising.

Also, a greater number of people with Alzheimer’s are dying at home rather than at a medical care facility.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 3.6 percent of all deaths in 2014, the report stated.

Researchers have been predicting a trend towards more Alzheimer’s cases for a while. The number of U.S. residents over the age of 65 with Alzheimer’s is expected to triple by 2050.

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease that degenerates the brain and removes patients ability to think and to remember.

According to the report, 93,541 people died from Alzheimer’s in the U.S. in 2014, a 54 percent increase from 1999.

The Mayo Clinic explains more about Alzheimer’s disease:

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. At first, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may notice mild confusion and difficulty remembering. Eventually, people with the disease may even forget important people in their lives and undergo dramatic personality changes.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function.

The report showing that U.S. Alzheimer’s death rates have risen by 54 percent was publishedon the CDC’s website.

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