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The death rate from Alzheimer's disease increased 55% over 15 years
Dementia is the most common effect that results from a disease known as Alzheimer’s which is responsible for the death of a couple of millions of Americans and the number is expected to drastically rise to about 13.8 million by the year 2050 though scientists are working round the clock to come up with a cure for the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks mostly elderly people. Between the years 1999 and 2014 the number of deaths as a result of Alzheimer’s in the US rose by about 55%. The majority of these deaths happened in nursing homes and as the deaths at hospitals declined there was an increase in number of deaths at home by about 11% between the years 1999 and 2014. This has big consequences for both the paid and unpaid caregivers who take care of Alzheimer's patients at home.
A report from the CDC stated that there will be a high demand in the number of caregivers for people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease if not until only a cure for the disease is found which will prevent or reduce the deaths due to this ailment. However it is unfortunate to report that the search for the cure of the Alzheimer’s disease has not been fairing on well. There is on the contrary four approved drugs thet treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Caregivers have a relatively hard time looking after patients with Alzheimer’s, more so to those who the disease has advanced. This can be twice as much as complicated to those of whom have not been treated on how to give special care to the patients at home. To help in solving this the CDC has recommended education, temporal care that allows the primary caregiver to take a break (respite care), and providing resources to help caregivers create a plan. But still there are drugs that are in the final stages of verification that could help in easing the burden of the disease and further more they are working on how to diagnose the disease at an earlier time before even the symptoms even show up changing our perspective about the disease.