Alzheimer's Population to Double, Underscoring Need for Home Health

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Diciembre 8, 2017

The study was published December 7 in Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

In more granular terms, approximately 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer's dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million in 2017. For the first time, scientists have attempted to account for numbers of people with biomarkers or other evidence of possible preclinical Alzheimer's disease, but who do not have impairment or Alzheimer's dementia.

Costing Americans more than $259 billion each year, Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the U.S. It has no treatment or cure.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about Alzheimer's disease. "We need to have improved methods to identify which persons will progress to clinical symptoms, and develop interventions for them that could slow the progression of the disease, if not stop it altogether", Brookmeyer said in a UCLA news release. The model projected the numbers of people in preclinical and clinical disease states.

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They found that by 2060 about 5.7 million Americans will have mild cognitive impairment and another 9.3 million will have dementia due to Alzheimer's. Of those with Alzheimer's, about 4 million will require intensive care, such as that provided in nursing homes. And, by using a new kind of methodology which incorporates people at risk of developing Alzheimer's, the researchers determined that about 6 million US adults have Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment.

People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have significant short-term memory loss but do not necessarily have problems with daily functioning. Brookmeyer estimates that today about 2.4 million Americans are living with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease.

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