Alzheimers Report

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 9:08am

New report suggests U.S. unprepared for impact of Alzheimers on aging population.

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, and if dementia were a country, it would be bigger than Switzerland.

It's already bigger than Walmart.

The group "Alzheimer’s Disease International,” or ADI, reports today that dementia will cost 604 billion dollars worldwide this year.

Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association said, "It will cost us, over the next forty years, 20 trillion dollars just to care for people with Alzheimer's without ever investing an additional cent in research to change the course of the disease."

With millions of baby boomers at risk, ADI says the U.S. needs a national plan: like France, Austria and England.

Today they're bringing 100-thousand signatures to Capitol Hill begging Congress to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

"We need more research, we need a plan for Alzheimer's so that we can see the changes occur for the people who would otherwise suffer from the disease in the years ahead," said Johns.

ADI reports nearly half those with dementia are upper income, most in Western Europe and North America and most of them living at home with a spouse.

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