Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

People With Alzheimer's, Related Dementias in USA to Double by 2060 — CDC

People With Alzheimer's, Related Dementias in USA to Double by 2060 — CDC

But there's still a need for more participants, said Anton Porsteinsson, who directs the Alzheimer's care, research and education program at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Experts worry people are being put off seeing a doctor because they're so anxious about how their life will change. The team say the findings could not only be used to help identify those who have the disease earlier, but also to potentially treat, slow or prevent the disease process early on.

World Alzheimer's Day, on 21 September, is a focal point for charities and research organisations to raise awareness of all forms of dementia, as well as Alzheimer's.

Among people 65 and older, blacks now have the highest prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia at 13.8 percent, the CDC said.

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. Most people often think that this disease is a normal part of ageing. The symptoms develop over a period of time before becoming severe enough to hinder daily chores.

Dr Solanki said that the disease reduces person's ability to perform everyday activities which is not problematic for patient but it also disturbs life of other family members.

But Paul Edwards, clinical director of the charity, reassures people these misconceptions are not true and an Alzheimer's diagnosis is not the end of the road. It is because of Alzheimer's disease.

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'Many people actually put off getting a diagnosis because they are anxious about having to immediately give up work or stop driving.

The symptoms of young onset dementia are similar or nearly same as that of dementia in older people. However, the diagnosis of younger onset dementia can prove hard. Today is about raising awareness and challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease.

But people at this stage of the condition may still be able to drive and carry on with their day-to-day lives.

As of now, there is no treatment to cure, delay or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The UK Government's Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, said countries around the world must work together to tackle the illness. Research on this, however, has failed to confirm the role of aluminium in causing Alzheimer's disease.

More than 200 clinical studies on Alzheimer's are recruiting participants in the US right now, the Banner Institute said.

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia, says a World Health Organisation report.

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