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Report finds alarming trend in Alzheimer's detection

Posted at 4:05 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 17:47:35-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Alzheimer's Association Nebraska Chapter says there's a "significant disconnect between seniors and physicians when it comes to cognitive assessment according to new Alzheimer's Association Report."

They say that although cognitive assessments for early detection of Alzheimer's is seen as important among seniors and primary physicians, only about half of seniors are being tested for the disease.

They also say the prevalence of Alzheimer's and related costs have gone up.

The report broke down statistics about Alzheimer's in Nebraska, including:

* 34,000 Nebraska residents suffer from Alzheimer's
* 698 people in Nebraska died from Alzheimer's-related issues in 2017, the latest year that statistics are available
* Estimated Medicaid costs for Nebraskans 65 and older with Alzheimer's is $361 million in 2019
* In 2018 there were 83,000 Alzheimer's caregivers in Nebraska

For a complete look at the statistics and the report, click the following link: Alzheimer's Report