The number of Alzheimer's patients is expected to triple by 2050 in the United States Posted: 07 Feb 2013 03:00 AM PST AFP - The number of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple in the United States in the next forty years to reach 13.8 million, according to new estimates published Wednesday in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "This increase is explained by the aging of the Baby Boom very large which is a huge burden on society," said Dr. Jennifer Weuve, professor of medicine at Rush Medical School in Chicago (Illinois, North) , co-author of the research. "There are more and more disabled by the disease which poses a growing problem for the health care system and social programs," she adds, noting that these estimates confirm those made previously. "Our study highlights the urgent need for more research and to develop treatment and prevention strategies for this epidemic," insists the doctor. For this study, the authors studied 10 802 black and white Americans living in Chicago, aged 65 and older between 1993 and 2011. Participants were interviewed and assessed to determine whether they had dementia every three years. Age, ethnicity and education level were taken into account. These data were combined with mortality and training statistics and the current estimates and future population of the Census Bureau. The authors determined that the number of people with Alzheimer's, a degenerative incurable mental, reach 13.8 million in 2050 as against 4.7 million in 2010. About seven million of those who are suffering from the disease, nearly half have at least 85 years. "Our detailed estimates are based on the latest data updates but are similar to those made years and decades," said Professor Weuve. "All show an explosion in the number of Alzheimer's cases, which should persuade us to prepare ourselves." According Vradenburg George, president of the private foundation's USAgainstAlzheimer, the United States should spend two billion dollars per year in the fight against Alzheimer's, or 4.4 times more than the current budget. Source: www.france24.fr The number of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple in the United States in the next forty years to reach 13.8 million, according to new estimates published Wednesday in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.