Aging baby boomers could push Alzheimer disease rates to new high levels, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that about 5.8 million Americans currently have the disease that’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
That number will climb to at least 13.8 million by 2050, a 138% rise, and as many as 1 in 3 people who live to be 85 in the United States will die with Alzheimer's, the Free Press reported.
"We are really in an epidemic," Dr. Eva Feldman, a University of Michigan neurologist, whose own mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, told the Free Press about a crisis that’s fueled by those born between 1946 and 1964 who are at or near an age when the disease most commonly manifests.
She said other risk factors include family history, type 2 diabetes and obesity, high blood pressure, previous brain trauma, and APOE-e4 status — “the first risk gene identified and remains the gene with strongest impact on risk.”
Women also are at greater risk, as are people of African American and Latino descent.
According to the Free Press, caring for people with the disease and other forms of dementia will cost $290 billion this year. By 2050, it’s expected to rise to $1.1 trillion annually.
The Alzheimer’s Association says it’s the most expensive disease in America.
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