“Alzheimer’s Stats Look Alarming, But No Need to Panic”

“Alzheimer’s Stats Look Alarming, But No Need to Panic,” by Joanne Kaldy, Provider

“According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease mortality increased significantly in 41 states and the District of Columbia from 1999 to 2014. However, as the headlines scream, ‘Death from Alzheimer’s on the Rise,’ Allen Power, MD, an internist, geriatrician, and author of ‘Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care,’ says that there is some good news behind the numbers. . . . However, when breaking down the numbers, says Power, a different picture emerges. . . . ‘Much has happened over the years in terms of how death certificates are written. It is likely that the visibility of and our focus on recognizing dementia has increased so much that deaths previously attributed to something else increasingly are recognized as being directly related to Alzheimer’s disease,’ Power says.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Exactly what I’ve suspected as the apparent incidence of Alzheimer’s has skyrocketed.

Alzheimer’s Stats Look Alarming, But No Need to Panic