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African Americans and Latinos More Likely to get Alzheimer’s
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In March, the Alzheimer’s Association released its 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. Highlights from the report include the impact of the disease on African Americans and Latinos:

  • African Americans are about two times more likely and Latinos are about one and a half times more likely to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias than whites.
  • Although African Americans and Latinos are more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s and dementia, they are less likely than whites to have a diagnosis of their condition, resulting in less treatment and planning.
  • The death rate from Alzheimer’s increased 46.1% 2000-2006. During the same period, death rates from stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer and HIV fell.
  • The value of unpaid care provided by families in California is equivalent to more than $16 billion, the highest of any other state in the nation.
  • The value of unpaid care provided by families in Nevada is equivalent to more than $1.1 billion.
  • There are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease.

To view the full report, visit www.alz.org.

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