Alzheimer's disease is characterised by progressive impairment of cognitive abilities accompanied by behavioural changes that affects the person's autonomy and ability to face everyday life activities.
To put that into simpler words, the U.S. burden will double in time from 1.6% of the population (5 million people) in 2014 to almost 3.3% (13.9 million people) in 2060.
Alzheimer's disease is already crippling the minds of some 5.7 million Americans, and we have long expected a dramatic rise in its prevalence as the population ages.
A precursor to Alzheimer's disease is dementia, and it has been found in clinical practices that if the warning signs are picked up early, it helps in the overall management of the disease. "Early diagnosis is key to helping people and their families cope with loss of memory, navigate the health care system, and plan for their care in the future", Redfield said.
According to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2014 to 2060, the number of Americans suffering from these diseases will increase by 178%.
The number of people who develop dementia increases every three seconds. Currently, there are around 5.7 million people living with the disease in the United States. Among Hispanics, 12.2 percent were diagnosed with these conditions, along with 10.3 percent of whites and 9.1 percent of American Indian and Alaska natives. This annual walk, presented by the Alzheimer's Association, Aloha Chapter, raises awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease.
As a percentage of the population, that's more than double over four decades.
The disease will only become more and more prevalent among black and Hispanic people, on the other hand, affecting 2.17 million and 3.2 million, respectively.
"If you count how many people have the pathology in the brain that says they're on their way, that goes up to closer to 20 million", Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, a neurologist and Alzheimer's specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, told NBC News in a Facebook Live conversation Friday.
The authors also highlight that, due to projected growth, caregivers of those living with dementia will need support and that "culturally competent care for these groups will be of paramount importance".