Thursday, February 21, 2008

Alzheimer's Facts

In 2000, there were an estimated 411,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to increase to 454,000 new cases a year by 2010, 615,000 new cases a year by 2030 and 959,000 new cases a year by 2050.

• The number of people age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to be 7.7 million in 2030, a greater than 50 percent increase over the number currently affected.

• According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2005, there were an estimated 78.2 million American baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964). In 2006, baby boomers began turning 60 at a rate of about 330 every hour. In 2011, baby boomers begin turning 65, reaching the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

• By 2050, the number of individuals age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s could range from 11 million to 16 million unless science finds a way to prevent or effectively treat the disease. By that date, more than 60 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease will be age 85+. -Alzheimers Association data


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