Alzheimer’s Deaths Up Ten Percent

The Alzheimer’s Association has released its latest report 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, and it has some alarming numbers in regards to Kentucky. Alzheimer’s deaths are up ten percent. It’s the nation’s sixth leading cause of death and the only top ten cause that can’t be prevented, cured, or solved. Seventy-one thousand Kentuckians have the disease. According to Deeanna Esslinger, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Assoication of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana, that a typical person with Alzheimer’s has at least three caregivers, usually a female, a spouse or partner or a daughter trying to raise her own children. Alzheimer’s care costs $277 billion a year, up $20 billion from the previous year. Support for Alzheimer’s families is available at or 1-800-272-3700.

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