Not to sound negative but we don't seem to know much "for sure". We know demographic and statistical data--5 million Americans, no treatments, and with an aging country it isn't anticipated to improve. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have released 2014-2015 Alzheimers's Disease Progress Report. I will be unpacking the findings of the report in future posts.
In 2013, NIH-supported economists calculated that caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 cost the U.S. health care and long-term care systems between $159 billion and $215 billion, depending on how informal caregiver costs were assessed (Hurd et al., 2013). The researchers estimated direct costs of dementia care purchased in the market at $109 billion in 2010. To place that figure in context, that same year, direct health care costs for heart disease and cancer were estimated at $102 billion and $77 billion, respectively. Even if recent, favorable trends in disease prevalence continue, care costs are expected to rise dramatically in the coming decades with the aging of the population. This increase may be exacerbated by the current epidemic of diabetes, a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
Category A. Molecular Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s Disease
Category B. Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring
Category C. Translational Research and Clinical Interventions
Category D. Epidemiology
Category E. Care, Support and Health Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease
Category F. Research Resources
Category G. Consortia and Public Private Partnerships
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