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CDC: Alzheimer’s Disease Increased By More Than 50 Percent

Death rates from Alzheimer’s disease increased by more than 50 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

There are several reasons for this. According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, reasons could include a growing population of older adults, diagnosis at earlier stages, fewer deaths from things like heart disease and stroke and increased reporting by doctors and others who record the cause of death.

As KJZZ reported earlier this month, 33 people per 100,000 die from Alzheimer’s each year in Arizona. If those numbers were properly recorded on a death certificate, an Arizona Department of Health spokesperson says those numbers could be as high as 44 per 100,000.

The report also found that while the number of Alzheimer’s deaths in medical facilities declined, the rate of deaths at home increased from 14 percent to 25 percent.

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.