By Ali Vetnar | KTAR
With more than 3,000 people dying from Alzheimer’s disease in Arizona in 2017, the state has the highest growth rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the country.
“The tsunami is here,” Lori Nisson with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday. “At least 150,000 Arizonans are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.”
Nisson believes that number is far below how many people actually live with the disease because many cases go undiagnosed.
In hopes of better addressing the masses who will be impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s, Surprise has worked to create Arizona’s second dementia friendly city.