Our aging population and the Alzheimer's Crisis
While we all want to remember where we put our keys or what street our old friend lives on, there are far more serious concerns when it comes to the again and the brain.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, often starting 5, 10 or even 20 years before symptoms appear. It is also the most common form of dementia. It is the only top 10 cause of death that has no cure, no means of prevention, and no disease-modifying treatments.
The numbers are staggering. More than 5 million Americans and 46 million people worldwide are estimated to currently be dying from Alzheimer’s – more than have HIV/AIDS, cancer or chronic heart disease. And this number is expected to triple in the next 30 years.