Alzheimer's cases expected to soar in coming decades

World Alzheimer's Day is the focal point of a month dedicated to the disease

Image World Alzheimer's Day is the focal point of a month dedicated to the disease

As the aging population of the United States grows, a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that from 2014 to 2060, there will be a 178 percent increase in the number of Americans who have Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

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.

The paper, published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, is the first to break down projections for Alzheimer's disease by race and ethnicity.

"It's a bit like solving a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the result needs to look like", says Pierre Tariot, director of the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dementia UK has revealed what their helpline nurses are most often asked about to mark World Alzheimer's Day today, Friday September 21.

The agency report noted that 5 million Americans - 1.6 percent of the population - had Alzheimer's disease in 2014. There are about 200000 Americans under the age of 65 who are suffering from disease. That number is projected to grow to 13.9 million, almost 3.3 percent of the population, in 2060. A precursor to Alzheimer's disease is dementia, and it has been found in clinical practices that if the warning signs are picked up early, it helps in the overall management of the disease.

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'It is now one of the leading causes of death and disability internationally, with an annual economic cost of more than USA $1 trillion.

According to the study, the highest number of cases have the non-Hispanic whites because of the size of the population, but the highest projected increase is faced by Hispanics.

Despite Alzheimer's and dementia affecting so many people in Britain, a poll from Alzheimer's Research UK showed that 22% of adults thing dementia is an "inevitable" part of getting older, and only half thought it was a cause of death. That's followed by Hispanics (12.2 percent), and whites (10.3 percent).

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.

The authors also highlight that, due to projected growth, caregivers of those living with dementia will need support and that "culturally competent care for these groups will be of paramount importance". This leads to an individual forgetting the name of a family member or the roads that lead them home, where they may have lived for a long time.

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