More Deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias in 2020
According to a report released by the Alzheimer's Association, preliminary data from the CDC indicates that there were at least 42,000 more deaths from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in 2020 compared with the average of the five years prior, which is approximately 16 percent more than expected.
The biggest spike in deaths among people with dementia occurred early in the pandemic, but the pandemic's duration has meant prolonged upheaval in daily routines and the elimination of many social interactions vital to health and well-being, especially for people living with dementia.
As AAAs and Aging Network partners, you already know that AAA services are critical lifelines for people living with dementia and their caregivers. But you may not know the latest stats on the additional roles that many AAAs play in serving this important population. More than 50 percent of AAAs serve people with dementia of all ages, including those under 60, according to the 2019 AAA National Survey Report.
More than 70 percent of AAAs provide services, directly or through a contracted provider, that are exclusively for people living with dementia and/or their caregivers, according to a topical poll report on the role of AAAs in dementia and brain health. Curious about what other AAAs are doing? Check out the case studies in the topical poll report.