Alzheimer's report shows illness is growing across America

Alzheimer's report shows illness is growing across America

The Alzheimer's Association has released its 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, which reported hat more than $277 trillion is spent annually to care for those with Alzheimer's and dementia.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that deaths from Alzheimer's increased by 55 percent between 1999 and 2014.

It should be noted that if Alzheimer's disease is identified early on during the mild cognitive impairment stage, the report claims that it could save the country $7.9 trillion over the lifetimes of the people carrying it.

"Less oxidation could prevent misfolding to a certain degree, perhaps even to the point that it slows the aggregation of beta-amyloid peptides, which is believed to be the ultimate cause of Alzheimer's", Cerrato explained. It is also updated that with the growth of older economy the number of people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is also growing that puts a bad impact on nation's economy. This number includes an estimated 5.5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80 percent of dementia cases.

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Total costs of care for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias could top $1.1 trillion in 2050 (in 2018 dollars), according to the report.

New findings from the report show the growing burden of Alzheimer's on people living with the disease, their families and caregivers, as well as society at large. The number is staggering, especially compared to how deaths from heart disease (which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.) have dropped by 11% in the same time frame.

Eighty-three percent of the help provided to older adults in the United States comes from family members, friends or other unpaid caregivers. Almost half of all caregivers who help older adults are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Nearly two thirds of Americans with the disease are women.

The report estimates that a year ago the lifetime costs of an Alzheimer's patient were $329,360 and 70 percent of this was borne by the families. "The research with the iPSCs was really valuable, because we were able to ask questions about human neurons that we wouldn't be able to ask in living subjects", says Celeste Karch, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine and one of the study's co- authors. And that takes a toll on caregivers, to the tune of $11.4 billion in added health care costs a year ago, according to the report. "There is still much we don't know or understand about the disease because of the complexity of the brain".

The charity is making eight recommendations for the taskforce to take forward as initial actions, including: considering innovative funding models to help cover the cost of future treatments; piloting specialist Brain Health Clinics; and working on improving understanding of what measures reflect the true value of Alzheimer's treatments.

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