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Alzheimer's report shows disease is increasing


MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report says Alzheimer's deaths are increasing, with one in three seniors currently expected to die with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

According to the Alzheimer's Association's report, deaths from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have increased 68 percent from 2000 to 2010. The report also says dementia is the second-largest contributor to death, after heart failure.

The report estimates the number of people with Alzheimer's disease will rise from 5.2 million to 13.8 million by 2050.

The advocacy group's report highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population, especially the rising costs associated with the disease.

The report says payments for health care, long-term care, and hospice care are expected to increase from $203 billion to $1.2 trillion by 2050 for patients ages 65 and older. The report also says Medicare costs for an older person with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia are nearly three times higher than for seniors without dementia, and Medicaid payments are 19 times higher.

The South Central Wisconsin Chapter for the Alzheimer's association is hoping to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. The local chapter is holding a Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game on Sunday, May 5.

If you would like to participate in the game or volunteer, click here. Of if you'd just like more information you can check out the local chapter's website.

Kari Paterson, with the local chapter, joins us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday to talk about the report and the chapter's upcoming fundraiser.

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