Alzheimer's Disease Burden to Double by 2060

Leslie Hanson
September 23, 2018

CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D said that the study portrays that as the US population grows the number of people impacted by Alzheimer's disease and associated dementias will also grow particularly amongst splinter groups. That's about 1.6 percent of the population. By 2060, this number could rise up to 13.9 million, constituting more than 3 percent of the national population. Dementia is not a specific disease, but a group of symptoms and disorders associated with the impairment of an individual's mental functioning. As people are able to live longer with chronic illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes, their odds for developing a dementia in old age rises, the CDC explained.

According to the study, the highest number of cases have the non-Hispanic whites because of the size of the population, but the highest projected increase is faced by Hispanics. That's estimated to be about three percent of the population by then. Researchers estimate there will be 3.2 million Hispanics and 2.2 million African Americans with ADRD by 2060.

World Alzheimer's Day, on Friday, is an occasion to raise awareness about the disease so as to promote early recognition, better care giving and better methods of psychosocial rehabilitation.

As the aging population of the United States grows, a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that from 2014 to 2060, there will be a 178 percent increase in the number of Americans who have Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Currently, Alzheimer's disease is the fifth leading cause of death of Americans age 65 and older, the CDC said. There are not even good treatments yet, although labs are working to develop something that can stop the progression of the brain disease. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Alzheimer's is also hard to prevent. Lowering blood pressure is proven to lower the risk considerably, and exercise appears to help at least delay symptoms.

If we are to make real progress towards addressing stigma and supporting those living with dementia, we need every government to develop awareness of and access to diagnosis for dementia. "Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future".

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