By 2060 More and More Americans will be Living with Alzheimer’s

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By 2060 More and More Americans will be Living with Alzheimer’s

Rates of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in the United States will double by 2060.

Among people 65 and older, blacks now have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia at 13.8 percent, the CDC said.

Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk; now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer's.

By 2060, almost 417 million, or 3.3%, are expected to be diagnosed, according to the study, which was published in Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association and coincides with World Alzheimer's Day, a global Alzheimer's awareness day that falls on September 21, 2018.

That's estimated to be about three percent of the population by then.

Currently, Alzheimer's disease is the fifth leading cause of death of Americans age 65 and older, the CDC said. Overall, the burden of Alzheimer's on the population is expected to grow by 13.9 million between now and the year 2060 to 417 million. Treatments include "helping people maintain mental function, manage behavioral symptoms, and slow down certain problems, such as memory loss".

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Most American adults are anxious they'll develop Alzheimer's, but they're also optimistic that there will be a cure for the disease in their lifetimes, according to survey results released Monday.

It is hard to predict just how many people will develop Alzheimer's, the most common cause of dementia.

Hispanic Americans will likely have the greatest increase due to population growth, but whites will still have the largest total number of Alzheimer's cases.

The study shows African Americans have the highest prevalence of ADRD at 13.8 percent, followed by Hispanics (12.2 percent), non-Hispanic whites (10.3), American Indian and Alaskan Natives (9.1), and Asian and Pacific Islanders (8.4).

If we are to make real progress towards addressing stigma and supporting those living with dementia, we need every government to develop awareness of and access to diagnosis for dementia.

Although the survey showed a majority of people are anxious about getting dementia, it revealed people have faith in the dementia research happening today to bring about a cure. But as more people live longer, the numbers will inevitably go up. Premature diagnosis seems to be the clue for assisting people and their families survive with dissipation of memory steer the health care system, and propose for their care in the near future.

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