Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and as many as 16 million could have the disease by 2050. According to the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the fifth-leading cause of death in South Dakota, which also has the second highest Alzheimer’s death rate in the country.
To help support programs, services and research, walks to end Alzheimer’s are held around the country. Walks in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen are coming up in September. Leslie Morrow, executive director of the South Dakota chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the walks and the latest news in Alzheimer's research.
For more information on the South Dakota walks, click here.