FLORIDA (CBSMiami) – In Florida’s battle against Alzheimer’s, the disease is winning, according to a new report.
In fact, Florida has the second-largest population of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in the nation, and it is set to grow rapidly, the report said, cited in the South Florida Business Journal.
In 2010, there were 450,000 people in Florida with the disease, trailing only California at 480,000, according to Alzheimer’s Association figures.
Given that California has nearly twice the population of Florida, that relatively small difference means Alzheimer’s disease is a bigger problem per capita in the Sunshine State.
The Alzheimer’s Association said cases of the disease have increased by 25 percent in Florida in the past 10 years. By 2020, they are expected to increase to 510,000 cases, and then to 590,000 cases by 2025. This is largely because of the aging population, as the majority of people with Alzheimer’s disease are over the age of 75.
The Alzheimer’s Association said there were 4,831 deaths in 2010 in Florida due to the disease.
- state had 1.02 million caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012 and they worked a total of 1.2 billion unpaid hours, according to the study.
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