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Alzheimer’s Disease Expected to Claim Many More Victims by 2050

The aging of America and changing demographics around the globe mean that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are likely to double or even triple over the next few decades. The cost in human suffering is incalculable.

Financially, the bill to care for these patients in the United States alone will top one trillion dollars by 2050. Our annual investment in research averages about $400 million and to date there have been no successful treatments, even after decades of research and development.

There probably won’t be enough caregivers to go around given the shifting demographics. Unless there is a concerted research effort to come up with better treatments, this epidemic is only likely to get worse.

That is why it is helpful to know what we can do to lower our likelihood of developing dementia. If you are interested in this topic, be sure to listen to The People’s Pharmacy on Sept. 28, 2013. In that episode (#919), Dr. Murali Doraiswamy shares the latest research suggesting ways we can all reduce our risk of developing dementia.  

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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