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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death nationally and the 4th leading cause of death among those 65 and older in North Carolina. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are the only leading cause of death for which there are no effective treatments or cures.

With adults over 75 the fastest growing segment of the population, and with Alzheimer’s and related dementias affecting 1 in 3 adults over 85, dementia-friendly care is critical. There are approximately 170,000 North Carolinians living with dementia, a number that will grow to 260,000 by 2037. Patients with dementia pose a variety of challenges for hospitals, communities, and families, including:

  • prolonged stays
  • poorer health outcomes
  • higher costs
  • increased readmissions
  • increased mortality rates