The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported this year that in 2006 Alzheimer's disease moved up one place to become the 6 th leading cause of death in the USA. 72,914 Americans died of the disease. While life expectancy for Americans increased to an average 78.1years, statistics showed that Alzheimer's disease was the only one of the 15 leading cause of death where death rates increased (age is one of the major risk factors for Alzheimer's).
When people get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease they not only have to face living with the illness itself, they often begin to consider their death. Many ‘patients', and their families, wonder how they will die and start to ask health care workers for more information about end of life issues.
Statistics vary about the length of time people survive with Alzheimer's from diagnosis to death, but it is about 8 years. The cause of death varies, but is one of three ways;
from another medical condition such as heart disease or ...
Top ten lists are "hot" these days. This week, one of great interest to all of us hit the headlines. It was bad news in the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual list of the leading causes of death in the United States. For years, we've watched Alzheimer's disease climb the ladder, but this year it took a significant step: it moved into position as the sixth leading cause of death; while up just one rung from the prior year, what is especially noteworthy is that Alzheimer's deaths increased while all other 14 of the top 15 leading cause of death decreased.
The U.S. statistics unveiled that Alzheimer's disease resulted in the deaths of 72,914 Americans in 2006. Let me repeat that: 72,914 deaths. The rate knocked diabetes out of sixth position. Deaths from influenza and pneumonia dropped the sharpest from the previous year.
At the same time, the agency noted that life expectancy for Americans is at an all-time high...
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