CDC Report: Impact Of Alzheimer's Disease Will Double By 2060

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According to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2014 to 2060, the number of Americans suffering from these diseases will increase by 178%.

A new survey from Novartis, Amgen and Banner Alzheimer's Institute, along with Alzheimer's Disease International, shows that 91% of people from around the world believe medical research will result in a treatment for dementia.

Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia.

Mood-People with Alzheimer's may become confused, depressed, anxious, suspicious and/or upset.

September 21 is celebrated as world Alzheimer's day every year.

In the United States, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in America and the only disease among the top ten causes that can not be cured, prevented or even slowed. After looking at CT scans from 1,991 seniors, the team found that older age, diabetes and smoking were associated with an increased risk of hippocampal calcifications, with previous research also linking Alzheimer's disease to the breakdown of the hippocampus.

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It projects Alzheimer's disease will affect nearly 14 million people in a few decades.

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.

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.

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

Meanwhile, in terms of gender, women see a higher prevalence of dementia than men at 12.2 percent and 8.6 percent respectively. The new report finds that white Americans will continue to comprise the majority of Alzheimer's cases, simply due to their sheer numbers.

But there's still a need for more participants, said Anton Porsteinsson, who directs the Alzheimer's care, research and education program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "An early assessment and diagnosis is key to planning for their health care needs, including long-term services and supports, as the disease progresses", said lead author Kevin Matthews, health geographer with the CDC's Division of Population Health.

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