Mortality and survival in Alzheimer's disease: A 15-year community study

Mary Ganguli, H. H. Dodge

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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is considered a leading cause of death but few studies have examined the contribution of AD to mortality based on followup of representative cohorts. In a fifteen-year prospective epidemiological study of 1670 adults aged 65+ years a rural US community, we found that AD was responsible for 4.9% of deaths in this elderly cohort. AD increased the risk of mortality by 40% in the cohort as a whole and in women but not in men. Mean (SD) duration of survival with AD was 5.9 (3.7) years, and longer with earlier age at onset. Death certificates of AD subjects were significantly more likely to list dementia/AD, other brain disorders, pneumonia, and dehydration; and significantly less likely to include cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch and Practice in Alzheimer's Disease
EditorsB. Vellas, E. Giacobini
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch and Practice in Alzheimer's Disease
ISSN (Print)1284-8360


  • Alzheimer's
  • Dementia
  • Epidemiology
  • Mortality risk
  • Population attributable risk (PAR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Biological Psychiatry


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