Written by Danielle Wagner, Anchor/Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
Every 68 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association just released its 2013 Facts and Figures Report, which is a compilation of national and state information on the disease.
The latest information reveals one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or a form of dementia. Iowa has the third highest Alzheimer's death rate in the country. Since 2000, Iowa has experienced an 84 percent increase in Alzheimer's deaths.
"It's more than memory loss. Alzheimer's disease actually kills and that's something difficult to wrap your head around," said Jessica Simon with the East Central Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Simon said Alzheimer's disease will continue to become more prevalent in our state because of an aging population.
"Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's or dementia so as our population continues to age, we continue to see a large population over 65, the prevalence in Iowa will continue to grow," said Simon.
Right now, 69,000 Iowans are living with Alzheimer's. Last year, 15.4 million caregivers provided more then 17 point 5 billion hours of unpaid care. In 2013, Alzheimer's is estimated to cost the nation $203 billion.
"It's something everybody needs to be concerned about. Not just older adults. Not just people already touched by Alzheimer's, you don't have to have a family history to be concerned about this. It's really something that will have an impact on government, families and our health in the future," said Jessica Simon.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only top ten leading cause of death that can't be prevented, cured or have it's progression slowed.
To see the full 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report, click here.
You can learn more about the advancements in Alzheimer's research on Saturday, April 13th at 4 p.m. There's a free community-wide seminar at The Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. Registration is required. Call 1-800-272-3900 to sign up.
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