From the Journals: Number of Americans With Alzheimer's May Triple by 2050 The number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States is projected to triple in the next 40 years, according to a study published in the February 2013 online issue of Neurology. "This increase is due to an aging baby boom generation. It will place a huge burden on ... From the Journals
From the Journals  |   June 01, 2013
From the Journals: Number of Americans With Alzheimer's May Triple by 2050
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From the Journals: Number of Americans With Alzheimer's May Triple by 2050
The ASHA Leader, June 2013, Vol. 18, 37. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ5.18062013.37
The ASHA Leader, June 2013, Vol. 18, 37. doi:10.1044/leader.FTJ5.18062013.37
The number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States is projected to triple in the next 40 years, according to a study published in the February 2013 online issue of Neurology.
"This increase is due to an aging baby boom generation. It will place a huge burden on society, disabling more people who develop the disease, challenging their caregivers, and straining medical and social safety nets," said co-author Jennifer Weuve, assistant professor of medicine at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. "Our study draws attention to an urgent need for more research, treatments and preventive strategies to reduce this epidemic."
Researchers analyzed information from 10,802 African American and Caucasian people living in Chicago, ages 65 and older, between 1993 and 2011. The researchers interviewed and assessed the participants for dementia every three years, factoring in age, race and education level. They combined data with U.S. death rates, education, and current and future population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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. "Our 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's and should compel us to prepare for it," Weuve said.
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