“Alzheimer’s Death Rate Continues to Rise: CDC,” by Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor
“The official age-adjusted U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s disease continues to creep up. The Alzheimer’s death rate for the 12-month period ending in the third quarter of 2017 increased to 30.9 per 100,000 people, up from 29.9 per 100,000 people for the comparable period in 2016. Analysts at the National Center for Health Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), have reported those figures in a selection of mortality data for the third quarter.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President Center for Long-Term Care Reform): This increase may mostly reflect better identification of Alzheimer’s as a cause of death rather than an increased incidence of the disease.