Ninety-nine thousand Minnesotans are living with Alzheimer’s – and that number stands to grow in coming years, according to new data released by the Alzheimer’s Association. Spokeswoman Molly O’Brien, says the number of people in Minnesota diagnosed with the disease is expected to increase by 20 percent in the next five years:

“Every 62 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This is the fourth leading cause of death in Minnesota. It’s more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.”

The death rate among Minnesotans with Alzheimer’s has also been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and O’Brien says it’s pushed scientists to work harder to find effective treatments.