Dementia is a term that has possibly crossed your path. Dementia is not a medical condition in and of itself, but rather a catchall term for a group of symptoms including cognitive decline (per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Up to 80% of all cases of dementia can be attributed to Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Healthline, Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by an increase in inflammatory proteins in the brain, which in turn impairs neurons. The outcomes may impair a person’s capacity for rational thought, communication, and choice-making. Alzheimer’s patients frequently require assistance in performing routine tasks.
The number of Americans 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to more than double by 2051, from the current prevalence of 6.2 million cases, as reported by the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. The financial burden of Alzheimer’s disease is significant. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by 2022, the total cost of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the United States will exceed $321 billion.
In addition, with 134,242 deaths annually, Alzheimer’s disease ranks as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Is Alzheimer’s disease prevalent in your country?
Some parts of the United States have significantly higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease than others. New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts had the lowest Alzheimer’s disease death rates in 2021, with 13.6, 16.2, and 17.7 deaths per 100,000 residents, respectively. Conversely, the highest death rates were in the states of Washington, Alabama, and Mississippi. In comparison to Alabama’s 46.8 deaths per 100,000 residents, Washington’s rate was 45. There were 52.8% as many deaths per 100,000 people in Mississippi as there were in any other state.
Women have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than men do, with the odds standing at about 1 in 5. However, men are thought to have a risk of 1 in 10. According to the World Population Review, women make up a slightly larger percentage of Mississippi’s population than men do there. Not only that, but adults in Mississippi report the highest rate of obesity in the country at 39.7 percent (per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Third on that list is Alabama, with a percentage of 39%. According to the National Institute on Aging, those who are overweight have a higher chance of developing dementia.
The state of Mississippi is halfway through a five-year plan to better the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by funding research, raising awareness, enhancing care, supporting caregivers, and improving residents’ brain health (per alzimpact.org).
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