Cases of Alzheimer's deaths on the rise.
Alzheimer’s disease is a more than just a condition that robs people of their memories; it also kills – including about 1,900 New Jerseyans a year.
According to data from the Health Indicators Warehouse, 21.4 of each 100,000 people in the state died of Alzheimer’s in 2010. That’s among the lowest rates in the nation. Adjusting for age – Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases affect senior citizens almost exclusively – New Jersey’s rate of Alzheimer’s deaths was 17.7 per 100,000. For the population age 65 and older, the rate jumps to 157, and for those 85 and older, it soars to 734 deaths per 100,000.
“Age is the biggest risk factor,” said Lawrence B. Brooks, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater New Jersey Chapter and a member of the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission. The incidence of the disease is 1 in 9 among people over age 65 and 1 in 3 for those over age 85.
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