OnPoint on WACH Fox: South Carolina and Alzheimer’s disease

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - This week on OnPoint on WACH Fox we look at the facts about Alzheimer's disease in South Carolina.

More people are dying from Alzheimer's disease in South Carolina than in any other state.

That's according to the 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released Tuesday. The report shows South Carolina has the highest Alzheimer’s mortality rate of any state.

Advocates say this should position the state at the forefront of public health initiatives in the Palmetto State.

Right now, there are about 89,000 people in South Carolina living with Alzheimer’s.

Living with the disease can be expensive. In fact, for the second consecutive year, the total national cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s is projected to top $277 billion. In South Carolina, the Medicaid costs alone are expected to amount to $573 million in 2018. The cost is expected to grow by 40.2 percent by 2025.

Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s deaths have they more than doubled in the last 15 years while deaths from other major illnesses and medical conditions, such as heart disease, have signi?cantly decreased.

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