Around 6.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the seventh-leading cause of death in the country. But in some states, the burden is higher than in others.
Recently, senior living website Seniorly looked at statistics to determine which states record the most deaths per 100,000 residents due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Following are the states with the highest annual Alzheimer’s disease mortality rates.
Annual Alzheimer’s disease mortality rate in this state: 52.8 deaths per 100,000 residents
Not only did Mississippi finish at the top of this unhappy list, but the state is also among the “8 States With the Steepest Declines in Life Expectancy.”
Life expectancy in Mississippi declined by 2.5 years between 2019 and 2020.
Annual Alzheimer’s disease mortality rate in this state: 46.8 deaths per 100,000
As we recently reported, Alabama finishes last for retiree health care services among the 50 states.
That grim reality has not prevented the state from finishing at No. 1 among “The 10 Most Affordable States for Retirees in 2023,” however.
Annual Alzheimer’s disease mortality rate in this state: 45.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
Although Washington records a high number of deaths due to Alzheimer’s, the state fares better in other health rankings. In fact, it is among “The 10 Best States for a Long and Healthy Life.”
Other states with high Alzheimer’s death rates
Here are the rest of the top 10:
- Georgia: 44.5 deaths per 100,000 residents
- Arkansas: 43.2
- Louisiana: 42.9
- Texas: 41.9
- Oregon: 41
- South Carolina: 40.9
- Utah: 40.7
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