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US Alzheimer's Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060

AFP  File | Friday September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day an event launched in 2012 to raise global awareness of the disease AFP File | Friday September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day an event launched in 2012 to raise global awareness of the disease
Patty Aguilar | 24 September, 2018, 10:10

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, which impairs mental functioning.

Experts worry people are being put off seeing a doctor because they're so anxious about how their life will change.

The number of people with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple over the next 40 years, unless something dramatic happens to change trends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.

However, the disease is not an immediate decline and people can live normal lives for years after their diagnosis, experts say.

The lowest prevalence of the 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related dementias in 2014 was in Asian and Pacific Islanders (8.4%), and the African-Americans (13.8%) were the highest.

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.

September 21 marks World Alzheimer's Day, bringing awareness to and eradicating the stigma around dementia. It is because of Alzheimer's disease.

The symptoms of young onset dementia are similar or nearly same as that of dementia in older people.

'Indeed, getting that diagnosis means getting the advice from your GP and access to the specialist support which can enable people with dementia to retain their independence for as long as possible'. 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.

But people at this stage of the condition may still be able to drive and carry on with their day-to-day lives.

Fact: As of now there is no treatment to cure, delay or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Many Americans want to participate in Alzheimer's research, but there's still a shortage of study participants.

Another obstacle is people's aversion to finding out whether they are at risk for developing Alzheimer's, Porsteinsson said.

More than 200 clinical studies on Alzheimer's are recruiting participants in the USA right now, the Banner Institute said.

And the benefits of implementing dementia-focused public health and social care policies will be felt directly by governments - the economic cost of dementia in 2018 alone was US$1 trillion, a figure that is estimated to double by 2030.

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