Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Number Of US Citizens Suffering From Alzheimer To Increase In Coming Years

Number Of US Citizens Suffering From Alzheimer To Increase In Coming Years

The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease causes the decline of cognitive function, which can leave sufferers unable to carry out daily tasks and activities.

By 2060, almost 417 million, or 3.3%, are expected to be diagnosed, according to the study, which was published in Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association and coincides with World Alzheimer's Day, a global Alzheimer's awareness day that falls on September 21, 2018. The study says there are now almost 3.2 women in the USA living with dementia, compared to almost 1.8 million men.

A precursor to Alzheimer's disease is dementia, and it has been found in clinical practices that if the warning signs are picked up early, it helps in the overall management of the disease.

The study in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association attributes the increase to more people overcoming chronic diseases and surviving into older adulthood, when odds of developing ADRD increase.

The lowest prevalence of the 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related dementias in 2014 was in Asian and Pacific Islanders (8.4%), and the African-Americans (13.8%) were the highest.

"An early assessment and diagnosis is key to planning for their health care needs, including long-term services and supports, as the disease progresses".

Non-Hispanic whites have the highest number of cases because of the size of the population, but Hispanics are facing the highest projected increase.

According to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2014 to 2060, the number of Americans suffering from these diseases will increase by 178%.

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause among those aged 65 and older.

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and our members around the world continue to face uphill challenges.

Though this may not be true, the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease is increasing age. Among Hispanics, 12.2 percent were diagnosed with these conditions, along with 10.3 percent of whites and 9.1 percent of American Indian and Alaska natives.

Psychiatry department of ESIC Model hospital organised an awareness programme on Thursday for educating caregivers about Alzheimer's.

Dementia is over 40 percent more common in women.

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