Alzheimer's disease, dementia cases to double by 2060 — CDC

Ben Davidson
September 23, 2018

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) - By 2060, almost 14 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a number that's nearly three times as high as today, a new report projects.

The disease will only become more and more prevalent among black and Hispanic people, on the other hand, affecting 2.17 million and 3.2 million, respectively.

Another obstacle is people's aversion to finding out whether they are at risk for developing Alzheimer's, Porsteinsson said.

The number of people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will double by 2060, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Five million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases in 2014, or about 1.6 percent of the population.

On Wednesday, a team of scientists in the USA said they had eliminated dead but toxic cells occurring naturally in the brains of mice created to mimic Alzheimer's and slowed neuron damage and memory loss associated with the disease.

But Paul Edwards, clinical director of the charity, reassures people these misconceptions are not true and an Alzheimer's diagnosis is not the end of the road. Participants will also join in a meaningful "Promise Garden Flower" tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

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'Many people actually put off getting a diagnosis because they are anxious about having to immediately give up work or stop driving.

Behaviour-A person with Alzheimer's may behave out-of-character.

'Many people are able to continue working, driving and living full and productive lives after a diagnosis.

Dementia progresses and the number of diagnosed patients is growing steadily. However, there are medications that can help reduce the symptoms to slow down the worsening of the disease.

But people at this stage of the condition may still be able to drive and carry on with their day-to-day lives. Dementia is not a specific disease, but a group of symptoms and disorders associated with the impairment of an individual's mental functioning.

Researchers from University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, have found that those who smoke or have diabetes are more likely to develop calcifications in the hippocampus, a region of the brain crucial to memory, which could put them at a higher risk of developing dementia. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

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