Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older people. It is a progressive and irreversible disease that impairs memory and affects thinking and behavior, to the point of eventually interfering with daily tasks. The greatest risk factor currently known is increasing age. After age 65, the likelihood of developing the disease doubles every five years; the risk is nearly 50% after age 85. Alzheimer’s imposes heavy emotional and financial burdens on families. While there is currently no cure, there are treatments that can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
This indicator shows the age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population due to Alzheimer’s disease.