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DOH-Volusia - Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease on The Rise in Volusia County

November 05, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Thirteen percent of people age 65 and older in Volusia County may have Alzheimer's disease. That's a sobering statistic gleaned from data compiled by the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia). Additionally, the death rate from the disease has increased 23 percent over the past four years.

Today DOH-Volusia released a two-page data brief that examines Alzheimer's disease in Volusia County. The brief is online at volusiahealth.com/stats.

From 2013 to 2017, Volusia County consistently had higher rates of Alzheimer's disease than the state. The prevalence of the disease appeared to affect sexes, races, generations, and geographical areas of the county differently. For example:

  • Alzheimer's deaths among women were more than 240 percent higher than among males.

  • Hispanic residents had the highest death rates from the disease.

  • The majority of deaths from Alzheimer's disease were among people age 85 and older.

  • In 2017, Southeast Volusia County logged the highest percentage of deaths from Alzheimer's disease.

The brief cites age-adjusted rates. It does not examine cause and effect relationships. The department prepares these types of health reports for use by community partners who serve various populations or address health risks. Reports also help to raise awareness among the general public.

For more information on Alzheimer's disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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