Alzheimer’s Disease Is More Common in These Michigan Counties
Michigan is above average as compared to the rest of the United States when it comes to the number of deaths from Alzheimer's Disease, according to the latest figures made available by the Centers for Disease Control.
What Exactly Is Alzheimer's Disease?
The Alzheimer's Association sums up the condition like this:
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
While Alzheimer's is most commonly associated with the elderly, it's possible among younger people as well. It is a fatal form of dementia, as defined by the CDC.
In the U.S., an average of 30.96 people per every 100,000 Americans passed away from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease in 2021, compared to 34.4 people in the state of Michigan.
Where Is Alzheimer's Disease Most Common in Michigan?
Every Michigan county reported deaths contributed to Alzheimer's Disease in 2021, but the average numbers differ greatly.
Several counties in the Upper Peninsula reported relatively low death rates from Alzheimer's, but so did the state's most populated county - Wayne County, home of Detroit. The metropolitan areas around Flint, Kalamazoo and the Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City and Saginaw) reported lower than average death rates due to Alzheimer's as well; but home counties for Lansing and Grand Rapids were above average.
So, Which Michigan Counties Have the Highest Alzheimer's Rates?
County by county, here are the average numbers of deaths from Alzheimer's Disease per 100,000 residents in 2021 in Michigan, according to the worldlifeexpectancy.com - ranked from lowest to highest.