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CDC Report: Impact Of Alzheimer's Disease Will Double By 2060

CDC Report: Impact Of Alzheimer's Disease Will Double By 2060”

Although the survey showed a majority of people are anxious about getting dementia, it revealed people have faith in the dementia research happening today to bring about a cure.

Today is World Alzheimer's Day, and the release of Dementia International's "World Alzheimer's Report" providing a snapshot of current research and future plans. Governments have an obligation to support the 50 million people now living with dementia, and their families, which, again, is projected to increase exponentially to 152 million by 2050.

Right now, about 5 million people have Alzheimer's, the CDC says.

There are about 850,000 people living with various forms of dementia in the United Kingdom, according to figures from the Alzheimer's Society.

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

Six of the most common misconceptions asked by people facing Alzheimer's disease have been revealed.

But Paul Edwards, clinical director of the charity, reassures people these misconceptions are not true and an Alzheimer's diagnosis is not the end of the road.

There's more on Alzheimer's disease at the Alzheimer's Association.

Dementia progresses and the number of diagnosed patients is growing steadily. After studying 270 participants aged between 62 and 90 years old, the researchers found that a higher level of amyloid beta proteins in the brain, thought to be a main cause of the disease, was associated with increasing anxiety symptoms over time, suggesting that worsening anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer's.

Symptoms in the early stage of the disease may begin as struggling to remember someone's name or misplacing objects.

In this situation, monitoring memory function, activities of daily living and behaviour over time is important. "Alzheimer's and other dementias are now one of society's biggest medical challenges, but overcoming them isn't impossible".

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

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia, says a World Health Organisation report.

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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