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Tuesday
Mar152011

Report: Alzheimer’s by the Numbers

Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Every 69 seconds one person develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the latest Alzheimer’s Association report released Tuesday.

The 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures highlights this statistic and more in a comprehensive report that depicts how the disease has impacted Americans and their caretakers.

The report notes that Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the U.S. and the fifth among those 65 and old.  The disease is also the only one among the top 10 leading causes of death in the country that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

Between 2000 and 2008 alone, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 66 percent.

Moreover, approximately 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and the number is expected to climb to 16 million by 2050.

The disease has also taken a financial toll on the 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers who have provided unpaid care valued at $202.6 billion.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan272011

Report: Alzheimer's Is 'Defining Disease of Baby Boomers'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Alzheimer's Association has released it's Generation Alzheimer's Report, calling the disease the "defining disease of baby boomers."

This year, the first of the baby boomer generation will turn 65, the age when the risk of developing Alzheimer's significantly increases.

There is an impending wave of new cases of the disease and new families that will have to cope with the devastating toll this disease takes on its victims.

It's expected 10 million baby boomers will develop alzheimer's and of those who reach age 85, nearly one in two will get it. 

The report says since there is no way yet to prevent it, cure it, or even slow the progression, every one of those 10 million baby boomers will either die with or from
alzheimers.

In addition to the human toll, over the next 40 years alzheimers will likely cost the nation an estimated $20 trillion dollars. With such a broad ranging impact on patients, families, medicare and medicaid, Alzheimers could also take a toll on the national economy.

Unless a cure is found, alzheimer's could become the defining disease of the baby boom generation.

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