Alzheimer's could be defining disease for baby boomers
The Kansas City Star
Unless a cure is found, and quick, Alzheimer’s could be the defining disease for the 78 million aging baby boomers in the United States.
Alzheimer’s disease currently is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5.4 million people in the U.S. have it. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increases past age 65, which baby boomers are advancing past in increasing numbers.
The Alzheimer’s Association said 15 million workers are unpaid caregivers for people with the memory robbing disease. There is no known cause or cure. The number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to grow 30 percent by 2025, further straining family budgets, The Kansas City Star reports.
More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, The Alzheimer’s Association website reports.
The disease is expected to cost the U.S.$2 trillion over the next 10 years, according to USAgainstAlzheimer’s. That organization worries that the threatened federal automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1 would hurt National Institutes of Health funding for Alzheimer’s research.
The sequester would deal a “crushing blow to millions of families desperately hoping for a cure,” the group said in a prepared statement.
The loss of funding for research particularly now “has the potential to sink the U.S. economy.”