A recent study found that New York State has the 10th highest rate of Alzheimer’s Disease in the entire country. Additionally, an astounding 145% increase nationwide was reported from 2000-2017.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., with 84,079 women and 37,325 men dying from the disease in 2017.
CDC data shows more than 5 million Americans currently suffer from the disease – the onset of which usually occurs after the age of 60.
At present, 11 percent of American adults over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s.
The risk of the disease increases significantly with age, and given current population trends, it will become an even larger issue over the next few years, especially in states with large senior populations.
Additionally, about two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women, although there is no definitive explanation for the gender discrepancy.
Some medical experts speculate this may be do to women’s higher life expectancy, as well as the fact that men are more likely to die from other causes, such as heart disease.
In Cortland County, the Area Agency on Aging has several programs and services to assist the homebound, including those who have or may be developing Alzheimer’s Disease.