Federal researchers have found the death rate for those with Alzheimer’s disease rose significantly since 1999, especially among certain ethnicities over 85 years old or those in the south-east region of the US.  On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that showed the number of deaths caused by Alzheimer’s rose by 54.5 percent from 1999 to 2014.

Using data from the National Vital Statistics System, the CDC reported that 93,541 people died in 2014 from Alzheimer’s disease. Adjusting for a rising population of senior citizens, the death rate in 2014 was 25.4 deaths per 100,000 people, a 54.5 percent increase compared to the death rate in 1999. Without adjusting for age and population, the rate would have increased by 83.8 percent. READ MORE