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Advocate For Alzheimer’s Research Says Aging Baby Boomers Face Big Threat From Disease
Kaiser Health News

As the baby boomers age, the increasing number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease will take a serious toll on caregivers and families, and the costs associated with that care are expected to weigh heavily on the nation’s health care system. A new study projects that the disease will be responsible for 25 percent of all Medicare spending by 2040.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and the number of cases is expected to balloon as people live longer: Today 5.1 million people 65 and older have it. By 2025, the number will rise to 7.1 million, a nearly 40 percent increase, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates. The projections have sounded an alarm amid a tightening federal budget and concerns that there won’t be enough nursing facilities to take care of patients. Researchers and health policy experts are meeting in Washington this week at a major conference looking at the impact of the disease and efforts to combat it.

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