Here is an interesting fact according to the American Academy of Neurology. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the next 40 years. The increase is due to the aging baby boom generation, which will place a huge burden on society, disabling more people who will develop the disease. This will challenge their family who will become caregivers and straining medical and social safety nets. The study down by the academy of neurology draws attention to the fact that there is a need for more research and treatments, along with prevention strategies to reduce the up and coming epidemic of this disease.
The data in the study was combined with US death rates, education and current and future population estimates from the US Census Bureau. In addition, the study found that the total number of people with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2050 is projected to be 13.8 million, up from 4.7 million in 2010. About 7 million of those with the disease would be age 85 or older in 2050. The detailed projections use the most up-to-date data, but they are similar to projections made years and decades ago. All of these projections anticipate a future with a dramatic increase in the number of people with Alzheimer has and should compel seniors to prepare for it.
Seniors take note this is something that is real and can affect anyone at anytime in the 50 plus crowd.
Read more about the study at http://www.aan.com
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