Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Alzheimer's rates will rise dramatically over the next 40 years

Alzheimer's rates will rise dramatically over the next 40 years

A previous study published in 2015 also found that negative beliefs about growing old significantly reduced the volume of the hippocampus, an area of the brain for memory and an indicator for Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause among those aged 65 and older.

Alzheimer's disease is characterised by progressive impairment of cognitive abilities accompanied by behavioural changes that affects the person's autonomy and ability to face everyday life activities.

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.

More than 200 clinical studies on Alzheimer's are recruiting participants in the US right now, the Banner Institute said. Today is about raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease. The study says there are now almost 3.2 women in the USA living with dementia, compared to almost 1.8 million men.

People also fear they will be treated differently by family and friends, someone else will have to manage their money and they will become unable to make decisions. Chronic heavy drinking is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as more than 60 grams of pure alcohol - six or more standard drinks - a day for men, and more than 40 grams per day for women.

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Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia. Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging.

"This study shows that as the USA population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations", said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. Among Hispanics, 12.2 percent were diagnosed with these conditions, along with 10.3 percent of whites and 9.1 percent of American Indian and Alaska natives. That's about 1.6 percent of the population. Researchers estimate there will be 3.2 million Hispanics and 2.2 million African Americans with ADRD by 2060.

Looking after these patients already demands a great deal of their healthy family members, but the situation is set to get much more dire, the CDC said.

That means more assistance - both in terms of personally and money - will be required of the USA government.

In light of the looming pressures of Alzheimer's on the U.S. as it threatens to sicken 13.9 million people in the coming decades, the CDC is urging better, more localized research, support for caregivers.

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