Somerset County Public Health Profile Report
Deaths due to Alzheimer's Disease: Deaths per 100,000 Standardized Population, 2014-2016
Somerset19.2 95% Confidence Interval(16.5 - 22.0)Description of the Confidence IntervalThe confidence interval indicates the range of probable true values for the level of risk in the community.
A value of "NA" (Not Available) will appear if the confidence interval was not published with the NJSHAD indicator data for this measure.
Somerset Compared to State
Description of Gauge
Description of the GaugeThis graphic is based on the county data to the left. It compares the county value of this indicator to the state overall value.
The county value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the county's 95% confidence interval. If the county's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the county's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the county and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a county should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the county number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
- Excellent = The county's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
- Watch = The county's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
- Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
Why Is This Important?Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death among U.S. and New Jersey residents. In New Jersey, it was the seventh leading cause of death from 2007 to 2014, eighth from 2004 to 2006, and tenth from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that it was not in the top ten. [https://www-doh.state.nj.us/doh-shad/view/sharedstatic/LCODtable.pdf More info]
How Are We Doing?The age-adjusted death rate due to Alzheimer's disease continues to rise. In New Jersey, nearly 2,500 deaths each year are due to Alzheimer's disease. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, females have significantly higher death rates than males. Alzheimer's disease is the fifth leading cause of death among women and ninth among men in New Jersey. The age-adjusted death rate due to Alzheimer's disease is highest among Whites in New Jersey. Alzheimer's disease is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 85 years and over. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 8 in Hunterdon to a high of 27 in Sussex.
What Is Being Done?The New Jersey Department of Human Services' [http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/alzheimer.html Alzheimer's Adult Day Services Program] partially subsidizes the purchase of adult day care services for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Relevant Population Characteristics:
Data SourcesDeath Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html]
Measure Description for Deaths due to Alzheimer's Disease
Definition: Deaths with Alzheimer's disease as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 code: G30
Numerator: Number of deaths due to Alzheimer's disease
Denominator: Total number of persons in the population