Alzheimer’s Disease Patients To Increase By 2050
The next forty years will see an increase in the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study.
Around five million people suffered from the disease in 2010, according to research made by Rush University. The same research indicated that by 2050 the number is expected to increase to around fourteen million. The study also showed that around half of the people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are going to be more than 80 years old.
The research team said it is hoping that the study will result to preparations by health care providers to deal with this growing number.
A geriatrician from the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Ronan Factora, indicated that the influx of baby boomers will contribute much to the increasing number of patients with the disease. Dr. Factora was not a part of the research team from Rush University.
Dr. Factora indicated that the study reflects the way the demographics in the US is moving. The baby boomers are getting older and they will suffer from different ailments, one of which is Alzheimer’s disease. It will burden not only their families but society as well.
He added that people should visit their doctor constantly. It is also necessary to control any ailments such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Living a healthy lifestyle is advised and people should remain mentally active.
Although some time alone is acceptable, it should not be the dominant feature in a person’s life. The results of the study on Alzheimer’s disease can be found on the American Academy of Neurology journal.