Thursday, April 11, 2013
Alzheimer's cases will nearly triple by 2050
The number of people in the US with Alzheimer’s Disease is expected increase from 5 million to 13.8 million by 2050, according to media reports this week, a typical story occurring in USA Today, by Janice Lloyd, today, link
The nearly triple increase is largely the result of the aging of Baby Boomers, coupled with the fact that medical practice prevents deaths from other diseases from occurring first.
This will become an existential challenge to our economy and all of our basic assumptions about “choice” and responsibility for others. This problem is one of a few unprecedented challenges that the next generation faces.
The study was sponsored in part by the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association.
NIH reported that dementia care cost up to $215 billion in 2010. My mother died with milder forms of it at the end of 2010 at age 97.