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Alzheimer’s Disease more prevalent among women and Hispanics

Written by Diane Archer
2014 Alzheimer’s Association report finds that about two out of three people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, are women.  In fact one out of six women over 60 get Alzheimer’s disease as compared to one out of eleven men. About five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with the vast majority 75 and older.While more white Americans than African Americans and Hispanics have Alzheimer’s disease, older Hispanics and African Americans are more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than white Americans.  Older African Americans are almost twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s than older white Americans, and older Hispanics are almost three times as likely to have Alzheimer’s than white Americans.
Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death among older adults.

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