The healthcare tsunami that is looming over the U.S. became a front-page news story on Friday when national media reported that mortalities from Alzheimer’s have risen 55% since 1999. And more patients are dying at home rather than in hospitals, which reflects a greater burden being made on caregivers.
CNN, the New York Times, Scientific American and scores of other news outlets cited a new report by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Georgia State University, which released these figures:
- 93,541 Americans died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, an increase of 55% compared to 1999;
- In that same period, the percentage of Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. who died in a nursing-home or hospital setting dropped by more than 50%: from nearly 15% in 1999 to less than 7% in 2014;
- At-home deaths increased from nearly 14% in 1999 to about 25% in 2014.
- By 2050, Alzheimer’s is expected to affect 13.8 million U.S. adults, up from 5.5 million in 2017. Translation: Deaths from the disease are going to rise 150%.
The media also broadcast the report’s conclusions that these multiple trends are hitting caregivers with hurricane-like force. Continue Reading