Percentage of US Residents with Alzheimer’s to Double by 2060, CDC Reports

Percentage of US Residents with Alzheimer’s to Double by 2060, CDC Reports
The percentage of U.S. residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will double by 2060, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In 2014, roughly five million adults ages 65 and over had Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). That's 1.6 percent of the U.S. population, and it's expected to increase to 3.3 percent, or 13.9 million, according to the study, "Racial and ethnic estimates of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in the United States (2015–2060) in adults aged ≥65 years," published in “Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.” It’s estimated that due to projected population growth, Hispanic Americans will have the largest increase. Because of the relative size of the demographic, non-Hispanic whites will continue to have the most Alzheimer’s patients overall. The study is said to be the first to forecast Alzheimer’s disease by race and ethnicity.   “This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations,” CDC Director Robert R. Redfield ssaid in a CDC news release. “Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their
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