Cases of Alzheimer’s are on the increase, with one out of nine Americans over 65 now suffering from the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
There are 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s – roughly 5.2 million are over the age of 65, and an estimated 200,000 suffer from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Early-onset (or younger-onset) Alzheimer’s has gained more attention recently since the death of legendary women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, who passed away at the age of 64, just five years after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
From the Alzheimer’s Association:
“These numbers will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the baby boom generation has begun to reach age 65 and beyond, the age range of greatest risk of Alzheimer’s. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple, from 5.2 million to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent or cure the disease. Previous estimates based on high range projections of population growth provided by the U.S. Census suggest that this number may be as high as 16 million.”by