CDC: People With Alzheimer's, Related Dementias in United States to Double by 2060

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Rates of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in the USA will double by 2060.

"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.

The new study is said to be the first to forecast Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by race and ethnicity.

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

World Alzheimer's Day, which is observed on September 21, is an worldwide campaign aimed at raising awareness and to challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's.

The agency report noted that 5 million Americans - 1.6 percent of the population - had Alzheimer's disease in 2014.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that impairs memory and other mental functions.

Depending on when someone is diagnosed, it can take as long as 20 years for Alzheimer's disease to progress to dementia.

But that number is estimated to increase to 13.9 million by 2060, equaling almost 3.3 percent of a projected population of 417 million people.

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

Dementia is more prevalent in women, at 12.2 percent, than in men, at 8.6 percent.

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

Hispanic Americans will likely have the greatest increase due to population growth, but whites will still have the largest total number of Alzheimer's cases.

In the meantime, the Alzheimer's Association estimates that the best way to save $7.9 trillion in expenses for treating and caring for dementia patients is to improve diagnoses and make sure they happen as early as possible.

Presently amidst adults aged 65 and older, African-Americans have the excessive pervasiveness of Alzheimer's disease and associated dementias at 13.8 percent.

Although there is no cure, here we round up some of the recent research which has found that making certain lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

"It is important for people who think their daily lives are impacted by memory loss to discuss these concerns with a health care provider", said Kevin Matthews, a CDC health geographer who led the study team.

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