In 2015, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer’s. As the population of the United States ages, Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death. Although deaths from other major causes have decreased significantly, official records indicate that deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased significantly.
Between 2000 and 2013, deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease increased 71 percent, while those attributed to the number one cause of death—heart disease—decreased 14 percent. Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.