A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association, Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: A National Imperative shows that in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s from 2010 to 2050 will exceed $20 trillion, in today’s dollars.
The report, which examines the current trajectory of Alzheimer’s based on a model developed by the Lewin Group for the Alzheimer’s Association, also shows that the number of Americans age 65 and older who have this condition will increase from the 5.1 million today to 13.5 million by mid-century.
“We know that Alzheimer’s disease is not just ‘a little memory loss’ — it is a national crisis that grows worse by the day,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association.
“Alzheimer’s not only poses a significant threat to millions of families, but also drives tremendous costs for government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.”
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