DefinitionDeaths with Alzheimer's disease as the underlying cause of death.
ICD-10 code: G30
NumeratorNumber of deaths due to Alzheimer's disease
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
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.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The New Jersey age-adjusted death rate due to Alzheimer's disease is about two-thirds the U.S. rate.
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.