April 2nd, 2014 7:30 AM
I believe the numbers for loved ones with Alzheimer's (AD) are being understated on their passing. People generally do not die of AD. The causes in order are pneumonia, falls and heart related passings. Generally, the death certificate may say heart or pneumonia which tends to overstate these illnesses and understate AD.
In my wife's case she passed away following surgery and the reaction to the anasthetic following a fall. I asked at her passing that the cause of death be stated as Alzheimer's Dimentia, which it was.
We all have to be vigilante and let the world know the true cause of our loved one's passing to make people aware how fast this disease is really growing.
Dean in Red Deer, AB