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Health Indicator Report of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia in older adults and is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that impacts the part of the brain that controls memory, thought, behavior, and language. The causes of the disease are not well understood and there is currently no cure. Symptoms usually develop slowly and worsen over time, eventually becoming severe enough that carrying out daily activities is difficult. An estimated 5.2 million Americans currently have the disease. Alzheimer's also has serious financial implications with estimated direct costs of the disease totaling $150 billion in 2014.^1,2^[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. CDC - Healthy Brain Initiative: Alzheimer's Disease - Aging. Available at: [].[[br]] 2. Alzheimer's Association, 2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer's & Dementia, Volume 10, Issue 2. Available at: [].

Alzheimer's Disease Deaths, Utah and U.S., 1999-2014


ICD-10 code G30.   Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2014
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-line data - CDC WONDER


The rate of death from Alzheimer's disease (ICD-10 code G30) per 100,000 persons.


Number of deaths due to Alzheimer's disease (ICD-10 code G30).


Total number of persons in the population of Utah or U.S. for a given time period.

Healthy People Objective DIA-1:

Increase the proportion of adults aged 65 years and older with diagnosed Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, or their caregiver, who are aware of the diagnosis
U.S. Target: 38.3 percent

Other Objectives

Related to the following Healthy People 2020 Objectives: *{{style color:#003366 DIA-1:}} Increase the proportion of adults aged 65 years and older with diagnosed Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, or their caregiver, who are aware of the diagnosis.[[br]]'''U.S. Target:''' 38.3 percent[[br]] [[br]] *{{style color:#003366 DIA-2:}} Reduce the proportion of preventable hospitalizations in adults aged 65 years and older with diagnosed Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 22.8 percent

How Are We Doing?

In 2014, 584 people in Utah died of Alzheimer's Disease, a crude rate of 19.8 deaths per 100,000 population. The age-adjusted rate was 26.7 deaths per 100,000 population. The age-specific death rate rises from 2.8 deaths per 100,000 adults aged 55-64 to 335.7 deaths per 100,000 adults aged 75+. Because Alzheimer's is a disease of older people and Utah has a lower percentage of it's population in the older age groups, it is important to use age-adjusted rates when comparing to the U.S. as a whole, and to other states. On average, there are about 150 hospitalizations for Alzheimer's disease in Utah each year.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

In 2013 the latest year with comparable U.S. data, Utah's age-adjusted annual mortality rate due to Alzheimer's (19.3 per 100,000) was lower than the U.S. age-adjusted rate (23.5 per 100,000). Utah's rate has been lower than that of the U.S. as a whole since 2005.

What Is Being Done?

A Coordinating Council with representatives from other state and local government agencies, business and community partners, and patients and caregivers will use a unified approach to 1) mobilize the resources needed to raise broad public awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, 2) coordinate resources and support for caregivers, 3) advocate and improve the competency of the dementia care workforce, and 4) collaborate with Department of Health programs that address prevention and managing lifestyle behaviors and conditions related to Alzheimer's and dementia.

Evidence-based Practices

Dementia Dialogues- A basic practical training course leading to a Dementia Specialist Certificate[[br]] Dealing with Dementia: A caregiver's guide

Available Services

'''IN UTAH:''' DIVISION OF AGING AND ADULT SERVICES[[br]] UTAH DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES[[br]] 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116[[br]] PHONE: 801-538-3910[[br]] TOLL FREE: 1-877-424-4640[[br]] FAX: 801-538-4395[[br]] Website: [] Local Area Agencies on Aging have been designated to cover geographic regions of the state of Utah and are charged with the responsibility of providing a comprehensive array of services to, and advocating for, the needs of seniors residing in their areas.[[br]] [] '''NATIONAL RESOURCES:''' Alzheimer's disease resources and information can be found on the following websites: Alzheimer's Association[[br]] [][[br]] Utah Chapter[[br]] [] CDC Features- Alzheimer's Disease[[br]] [] National Institute on Aging- Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center[[br]] []

Health Program Information

Free resources for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease are available from the Alzheimer's Association toll-free 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or by visiting []. Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, 1-800-438-4380, []
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