Study: Alzheimer's Cases Could Triple by 2050
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 08, 2013 @ 7:44PM
Created on February 08, 2013 @ 5:35PM
As the baby boomers grow older, a new study showed that they will become part of a growing number of Alzheimer's patients. The study believes the amount of men and women with it may triple by 2050. Some professionals believe there's multiple factors in this growing epidemic.
Alzheimer's causes memory loss and makes even simple tasks hard to do. Currently about 5 million people suffer from the disease. It affects both men and women of every race. While there's not a cure, some said the community really needs to come together to deal with the numbers.
Age is the biggest risk factor when it comes to getting Alzheimer's. A lot of patients are diagnosed in their 70s. One of the reasons this so-called-epidemic could hit is because of our aging society. Medicine and technology have led to the cure of many other diseases, which means more people are hitting the ages where they could get Alzheimer's. Right now, there's no cure.
In general, patients suffer from Alzheimer's for about seven years. During this time they go through three different phases. Along the way, they need more and more help from caretakers. This can be very hard for the caretaker. They even sometimes end up depressed from their job. Professionals said this is why some changes need to be made so that the country can be ready to have more that 13 million Alzheimer's patients.
It's projected that healthcare costs related to Alzheimer could top $2-trillion. A new study looking at that will be done in the near future.
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