Today almost twice as many people die from Alzheimer's disease as 15 years ago

The researchers at Alzheimer's Association found that nearly twice as many people die from the effects of Alzheimer's disease compared to 15 years ago. The physicians published the results of their study in the so-called Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report for the year 2017.

Alzheimer is a disease that affects more and more elderly people. This also leads to increased rates of death as a result of the disease.(Image: aytuncoylum / fotolia.com)

Increased life expectancy is not the main cause of death due to Alzheimer's disease
The very high ascertained rates of death sacrifices due to Alzheimer's disease are frankly frightening, explains the author Keith Fargo from the Alzheimer's Association. Many people will probably think that the reason for this is our increased life expectancy. This corresponds only to a certain degree of truth.

Alzheimer is not a normal part of the senior age
Most people do not develop Alzheimer's, whether they live for 80 or 90 years. Alzheimer's disease is not normal, so we should not accept it as part of age. There must definitely be something to do against the trend of rising deaths from the disease, adds the expert.

  • Aldheimer's disease will continue to rise massively
    The current report also revealed that more than 5 million American seniors over the age of 64 yearsto suffer from the disease. According to the researchers, this number is projected to rise to 14 million by 2050.Alone in 2017, nearly half a million seniors will develop this disease, say the experts. In addition, another 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 are suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    disease leads to massive costs
    All these diseases lead to great costs for the health system. In the year, the care of Alzheimer's patients in America costs about 259 billion US dollars per year. This figure is expected to rise to $ 1.1 trillion by 2050, writes the authors.

    What is the increase in costs?
    The rising numbers are likely to reflect a number of different factors. In part, the effect is attributable to the increasing number of elderly people, explain the doctors. This is due in part to the successes in the treatment of other leading causes of death, and on the other hand to the increasing awareness that Alzheimer's disease is a fatal disease.

    Alzheimer is the sixth most common cause of death in America
    The report also showed that Alzheimer is now the fifth most frequent cause of death among seniors. In general, Alzheimer is the sixth most common cause of death among Americans, the scientists say. There is no prevention for the disease, no real progress in treatment and no permanent cure.

    Also the health of the carer suffers from Alzheimer's
    Alzheimer's also has a negative effect on the health of the carers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. More than a third( 35 percent) of the nursing staff reported that their health had been worsened by the care of Alzheimer patients. On the other hand, only 19 percent of elderly people with no dementia, according to medical experts, saw a deterioration in their own health. Nursing staff from dementia patients also suffered more frequently from depression and anxiety.

    Treacherous signs of Alzheimer's need to be recognized more effectively
    The report also showed the growing efforts to find traitorial signs for the development of the disease. The goal is that neurological signs are better recognized, the authors explain. These include, for example, changes in brain size, shifts in spinal fluid content and the growth of so-called nerve plaques in the human brain.(as)

    Deaths due to Alzheimer's take strongly to
    More and more elderly suffer from Alzheimer's disease. This also leads to more deaths as a result of the disease. In modern times, Alzheimer's disease costs almost twice as many lives per year as it did fifteen years ago. To this conclusion, researchers now came to investigate the deaths of Alzheimer's in the American population.

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