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New Alzheimer’s Data Highlight The Disease’s Deadly Toll

According to figures released by the Alzheimer's Association, deaths from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia rose 68 percent  between 2000 and 2010.  

NPR: Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Now A Deadlier Threat To Elderly
Alzheimer's disease doesn't just steal memories. It takes lives. The disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and figures released Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association show that deaths from the disease increased by 68 percent between 2000 and 2010 (Hamilton, 3/19).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Beyond Memory Loss, Report Finds 1 in 3 Seniors Dies With Dementia That Can Impede Other Care
A staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population (3/19).

USA Today: One In Three Elderly Have Dementia When They Die
Deaths from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have increased 68% from 2000 to 2010, according to the report being released today by the Alzheimer's Association, an advocacy group. Meanwhile, deaths from heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke have declined. The numbers are taken from Medicare and Medicaid reports (Lloyd, 3/19).

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