Alzheimer's report shows illness is growing across America

Brandon Parsons
March 22, 2018

"This year's report illuminates the growing cost and impact of Alzheimer's on the nation's health care system, and also points to the growing financial, physical and emotional toll on families facing this disease", said Keith Fargo, who directs scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association. "Alzheimer's is a burden that's only going to get worse", he said in an association news release.

The report also predicts that by 2050, the cost of Alzheimer's disease to Americans will go over $1 trillion.

A new look at Indiana Alzheimer's numbers shows in 2015 at least 2,513 Hoosiers died from the disease, a 14 percent increase from the previous year. Seventy percent of the total lifetime cost it takes to care for Alzheimer's patients is borne by families. The report finds that at present 5.7 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and of these 5.5 million are over the age of 65 years.

The update tells that the deaths from heart diseases get decreased by 11 percent which is calling to be a leading killer in America. Besides this, around 5.5 million American who were aged around 65 years are diagnosed with the disease and there are 200,000 people who are less 65 years of age.

In 2017, more than 16 million Americans provided about 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care to Alzheimer's patients, worth $232 billion.

The diagnosis cases are such strong that in every 65 seconds, some in the USA gets diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia.

He said familial genes are a leading factor for early on-set Alzheimer's, but other health factors attributed to the disease at both early and late stages in life include less education, hearing loss, hypertension, obesity, smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes. It is one of the only causes of death among the top ten that can not be cured, prevented or even slowed in its progress.

The new treatments work by reducing the levels of toxic protein in the brain - a hallmark of the disease.

"Our data suggest that betanin, a compound in beet extract, shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain chemical reactions in the brain that are involved in the progression of Alzheimer's disease", said Dr Li-June Ming, a professor of chemistry at the University of South Florida, in a statement. $186 billion of this is the cost to Medicare and Medicaid and $60 billion is personal expenditure.

Early diagnosis of cognitive impairment provides a number of important benefits to diagnosed individuals, their caregivers and loved ones, as well as society as a whole.

A JAB that halts Alzheimer's disease could be available in three years - but cost the NHS billions.

In an accompanying report on the benefits of early diagnosis, researchers said that spotting Alzheimer's disease early could save the United States as much as $7.9 trillion in health and long-term care costs.

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