- Dementia is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of symptoms that impair a person's ability to carry out daily tasks independently.
- Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia occurrences.
- According to the CDC, Alzheimer's disease was the seventh leading cause of death among Americans in 2020.
The attached spreadsheet contains information on the Alzheimer's/Dementia mortality rate in six US states from 2012 to 2021, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland. We entered "NA" in the designated cells if data was not available. The Research Strategy section below contains information about the data collection strategy.
- Dementia is a blanket term that covers a wide range of symptoms, including a person's inability to do daily tasks independently. Dementia patients have trouble thinking effectively, expressing emotions, and performing simple tasks.
- Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia caused by a neurological disorder in the brain.
- Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases, according to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's.
- The disease mortality in the United States was 37.0% per 100,000 in 2019, down 0.3% from 2017 to 2018's rates which were both 37.3%.
- In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 134,242 deaths from Alzheimer's disease in 2020, accounting for 40.7% of the population. It is the country's seventh leading cause of death.
- From 2020 to 2014, the state of New York had the lowest rate of Alzheimer's disease mortality among all US states. However, the mortality rate is increasing, rising from 10.9% in 2012 to 14.0% in 2020.
- The mortality rate for Alzheimer's disease in the state of Maryland rose from 14.70% in 2012 to 15.80% in 2020.
- The mortality rate for Alzheimer's diseased in the United States for 2021 has yet to be released.
For this study on dementia rates in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland, we used data from the most reliable public sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Statista.
The researchers observed that the United States and its states track the mortality rate from Alzheimer's Disease rather than dementia while seeking for statistics on dementia rates. Because Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia, and the CDC has a vast database of cases in each state that can be accessed through the CDC's website and official state websites, the research team chose to use this information for this purpose.