Alzheimer's cases may triple by 2050
In 2010, 4.7 million people in the U.S. suffered from Alzheimer's disease and researchers are now projecting that, as baby boomers age, the prevalence of Alzheimer's could triple by 2050. Estimates are that there will be 13.5 million people with the disease by 2050, with seven million of those patients being at least 85 years old.
The projections are based on data collected by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago between 1993 and 2011. Over this period, 10,802 people over the age of 65 were tested for dementia once every three years. Extrapolating census projections, the researchers concluded that Alzheimer's could triple over the next four decades.
The World Health Organization similarly has projected that the number of Alzheimer's cases will dramatically increase, from 35.6 million cases worldwide to 115 million by 2050. The WHO stated that over $600 billion is being spent annually on the treatment and care of the patients with the disease.