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Tuesday, 8th November 2011

Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines: Challenges a National Alzheimer’s Plan Must Address

Source: Alzheimer's Association

From the press release:

A new report, Alzheimer's from the Frontlines: Challenges a National Alzheimer's Plan Must Address, offers the insights, perspectives and views from individuals across the country who participated in the Alzheimer's Association's® public input process. Building on the Association's commitment to provide a platform for those directly affected by Alzheimer's, the Association and its more than 70 chapters nationwide hosted 132 input sessions throughout the country.

Alzheimer's from the Frontlines provides a rare and unique window into the real, unrelenting challenges the disease forces on families year after year. Currently the sixth-leading cause of death, Alzheimer's is the only cause among the top 10 in the United States without a means to prevent, cure or even slow its progress.

Today, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and by 2050 as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease. Beyond the sheer numbers of lives touched by the disease, Alzheimer's will also be a financial albatross to the nation's health care system, surpassing $1 trillion in costs annually by mid-century unless the trajectory of the disease is changed.

+ Direct link to full report (PDF; 2MB)


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