Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal form of dementia, is a public health problem. Licking County's rate of deaths due to Alzheimer's Disease is higher than the state and national rate. Ohio's rate for 2016 was 33.3 and US rate was 30.3.
Alzheimer’s disease-related deaths have increased over the past 16 years in every race, sex, and ethnicity category, and will most likely continue to increase as the population continues to age. More persons with Alzheimer’s disease are dying at home, and this means more caregivers are needed to care in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease is very great.