INACCURATE DEATH CERTIFICATES CAN KILL YOU
Underreporting of Alzheimer’s Disease
deprives medical researchers of critical funding,
delaying the discovery of treatments and cures
globally, a new case of dementia is diagnosed
There are at least
in 20 years
cases of dementia worldwide
Alzheimer's Disease isn't just memory loss
Alzheimer's kills people, every day
My Story, and Why I Am Doing This
My mother had severe Alzheimer’s Disease for over a decade, until she passed away in a nursing home, unable to move, speak, and even track objects with her eyes. Her medical records clearly documented this diagnosis throughout this entire time period.
A brain autopsy confirmed my mother’s diagnosis of advanced Alzheimer’s dementia, yet the term “Alzheimer’s” or “dementia” does not appear anywhere on her death certificate--NOT AS A CAUSE OF DEATH, BUT ALSO NOT EVEN AS AN ADDITIONAL CONDITION.
Instead, “cardiopulmonary arrest” was her stated cause of death. In addition, her death certificate incorrectly states that no autopsy had been performed. Three years later, the same incorrect cause of death was used on
my father’s death certificate.
FOR THIS REASON, I RESEARCHED THIS ISSUE AND DISCOVERED THAT
DEATH CERTIFICATES VERY COMMONLY CONTAIN ERRONEOUS CAUSES OF DEATH.
CARDIAC ARREST IS A SYMPTOM OF DEATH, NOT A CAUSE OF DEATH
THAT’S WHY CDC’s Standard Certificate of Death contains this clear instruction about causes of death:
“DO NOT enter terminal events such as cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, or ventricular fibrillation….”
Records of death are used by governments worldwide to
plan for health care
set priorities for health care funding
equitably fund medical research
In addition, death certificates can have significant impacts on
insurance and pension benefits
evidence in court cases
knowledge of family medical history