An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2018, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Of these 3.4 million are women. By 2050, this number may nearly triple as it is projected to rise to 14 million.
The Alzheimer's Association is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Besides this, around 5.5 million American who were aged around 65 years are diagnosed with the disease and there are 200,000 people who are less 65 years of age.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that deaths from Alzheimer's increased by 55 percent between 1999 and 2014.
As the population of the USA ages, Alzheimer's is becoming a more common cause of death, and it is the only top 10 cause of death that can not be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in both IL and the US and the only disease in the top 10 causes of death in the USA without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
Every 65 seconds someone in the USA develops Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study by the Alzheimer's Association.
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The charity group added: "Dementia not only devastates lives but creates an enormous cost to the wider economy, an estimated £26 billion a year in the United Kingdom alone". $186 billion of this is the cost to Medicare and Medicaid and $60 billion is personal expenditure. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer's will cost $1.1 trillion (in 2017 dollars). In 2017, 16 million Americans provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care in the form of physical, emotional and financial support - a contribution to the nation valued at $232.1 billion.
While researchers have long known that tau levels are elevated in the brains and cerebrospinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients, "until this study, we didn't know if tau production was increased or if clearance was decreased", coauthor Chihiro Sato, a researcher in neurologist Randall Bateman's lab at Washington University School of Medicine, says in a statement. The requirement of certified care givers is not even met at half way, the report finds.
Fargo said that it levies a huge toll in the finances as well as physical and emotional reserves of the families. The report also says that the number of deaths is increasing, by more than 120 percent, while deaths from other major causes decrease.
"But if that offers solutions, the question becomes to you give people drugs for Alzheimer's disease who have no current symptoms, how do you identify those people through testing and ultimately how does that impact the growth of the disease". He said science had made a lot of progress in terms of treating heart diseases and cancers.
Finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease remains a fascinating and mysterious journey in which the stakes are incredibly high.
Alzheimer's Research UK is calling on the NHS and the pharma industry to join its new taskforce to ensure people with dementia can access future treatments without unnecessary delay.