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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 1, 2013

Alzheimer Deaths Increased During the Previous Decade

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(17):1767. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4201

The age-adjusted death rate from Alzheimer disease increased by 39%, from 18.1 to 25.1 per 100 000 population, between 2000 and 2010 in the United States, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

In 2010, Alzheimer disease was the underlying cause of 83 494 deaths and a contributing cause of another 26 488 deaths, making the illness the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause for people aged 65 years and older, according to the NCHS. As Alzheimer mortality increased, deaths rates from other leading diseases—stroke, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes—decreased substantially.