Study Shows High Alzheimer’s Numbers In Volusia County

By on November 9, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – A recent study compiled by the Florida Department of Health for Volusia County shows that the number of deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, especially for women and those of Hispanic origin. Marisol Habena, a Volusia County Human Services Analyst, said while the report shows the numbers, people will not see information on what the cause is for the increase.

From the years 2013 through 2017, Habena said that deaths for females from Alzheimer’s is more than two-and-a-half times higher than the number for men. Another group with a high rate are Hispanics, with what Habena said is the highest death rate from the disease.

Something else found in the study is that in 2017, Southeast Volusia County logged the highest numbers of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease. Habena reiterated that the data is only that. No information is available from the study on cause and effect.

Habena said the Health Department creates this type of health report for use by community partners who serve various populations or address health risks. For more information on the disease itself, Habena suggests looking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


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